The second MOSAIKON Regional Training Course on the Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites with Mosaics began last April with an intensive three-week workshop at the World Heritage site of Paphos, Cyprus, home to spectacular mosaics of the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Christian periods. Building on the GCI's long history of involvement in the conservation of Cypriot heritage, this workshop was presented in partnership with the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus.
The 2014–15 course is training archaeologists, architects, and conservators, from twelve countries throughout the southern and eastern Mediterranean region, who are responsible for the management of archaeological sites with in situ mosaics. The workshop covered all aspects of conserving and managing archaeological sites with mosaics, including documentation and recording; site management planning; understanding the deterioration processes of mosaics; basic conservation interventions, both preventive and remedial; and site presentation and interpretation.
The course participants are currently in the next phase of the course, long-distance mentoring. During this phase, the participants, guided and advised by course instructors, develop and implement projects at their home sites or institutions.
The MOSAIKON initiative is implementing a series of regional courses specifically dedicated to the complex set of challenges presented by the conservation and management of in situ mosaics at archaeological sites. MOSAIKON is a partnership of the GCI, the Getty Foundation, ICCROM, and the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics.