2012/01/13

Mosaikon

MOSAIKON is a five-year regional programme for the conservation of mosaics in the southern and eastern Mediterranean. The programme is a partnership of four institutions: the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), the Getty Foundation, ICCROM, and the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM).

 

Mosaics pavements in a museum storage area. Photo: Gaetano Palumbo

 

The aim of the program is to improve capacity in the region for the better conservation, maintenance, and presentation of mosaics. The program addresses both in situ mosaics as well as lifted mosaics in museums and archaeological storage.

MOSAIKON will strengthen the network of professionals and promote the dissemination of information on this subject. It will provide training to a variety of actors involved in the conservation, maintenance, and restoration of mosaics, and the management of archaeological sites and museums with mosaics. In parallel, it will also work with national and international bodies to provide a more favorable legislative, regulatory, and economic environment for the conservation of mosaics in the Mediterranean.

 

 

Course participants discuss the condition of an in situ mosaic at Tyre, Lebanon. Photo: Leslie Friedman, GCI

 

 

Fifteen site managers from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia took part in the three-week workshop at the site of Tyre, Lebanon. Together with an international group of instructors, the participants considered the significance of mosaics on archaeological sites and strategies for their management and conservation. Guided by the course instructors, participants are currently applying knowledge gained during the Tyre workshop to projects at their own sites. In 2011, workshop participants and instructors will reconvene for a follow-up meeting

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), the Getty Foundation, ICCROM, and the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM) are pleased to offer you the MOSAIKON e-Bulletin, a new e-newsletter published twice a year by the partners of MOSAIKON to keep conservation professionals and interested individuals up to date with MOSAIKON programs and activities.

View MOSAIKON e-Bulletin in Arabic.

In 2012, partners will define orientations of follow-up activities.

 

Images: Getty

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