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In May 2010 the GCI, in partnership with ICCROM's ATHAR program and in collaboration with the Directorate General of Antiquities, Ministry of Culture of Lebanon, presented the three-week workshop "The Conservation and Management of Mosaics on Archaeological Sites." Held in Tyre, a World Heritage Site in southern Lebanon, this was the first in a series of training activities that will take place over the next several years as part of the MOSAIKON initiative, a strategic effort to address priorities for the conservation and management of mosaics on archaeological sites and in museums within the Mediterranean region. MOSAIKON is a partnership of four institutions: the GCI, the Getty Foundation, ICCROM, and the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics.

Fifteen participants, largely archaeological site managers and conservators from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia, joined an international group of instructors to address topics relating to the in situ conservation and management of mosaics, ranging from management planning and documentation to conservation assessment, treatment interventions, and issues of site presentation. The workshop drew upon the GCI's experience in conducting similar training in Tunisia on the conservation and management of mosaics in archaeological sites.

This workshop is one component of a longer course that will continue over the next year by means of a professional mentoring process between the participants and the instructors to address the specific needs of the participants' work and the mosaics at their own sites.

For more information on MOSAIKON: A Regional Strategy for the Conservation of Mosiacs in the Mediterranean Region, visit the GCI Web site.