CCA Workshop, 2011
For its part as a MOSAIKON partner, the Foundation is focused on supporting training for individuals responsible for the care of mosaics and on strengthening the network of these professionals in the Mediterranean. Following is a list of our grants in this initiative.

Centro di Conservazione Archeologica S.R.L., Rome, Italy

The Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (CCA) in Rome received grant support for a multi-year training program for Syrian mosaic technicians. Originally scheduled to take place at the Damascus Citadel in Syria, which houses the mosaic collections of the National Museum in Syria and is the site for a planned mosaic conservation laboratory, the first round of training was relocated to Rome. In consultation with Syrian specialists, CCA selected twelve technicians from around the country to develop their skills in analyzing ancient mosaic techniques and materials, plan and implement basic mosaic conservation treatments, prepare condition reports and conservation documentation, and produce long-term maintenance strategies. CCA is now preparing a second course for technicians from Jordan and Tunisia that will start in Fall 2012.

Grant support: €798,000 (2010)

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), Rome, Italy

MOSAIKON partner ICCROM has received three Getty grants for the planning and implementation of training projects related to mosaics. Most recently ICCROM held a training workshop in Summer 2012 in Amman, Jordan for 19 curators and others responsible for mosaics in museums in North Africa and the Middle East. The course combined lectures, group discussions, and group work to cover topics ranging from proper storage and current conservation practices to the history and meaning of mosaics and international legal frameworks. During the last week of the course, participants and instructors designed and mounted a small exhibition at the Jordan Museum. At the end of the program, seven directors from museums and departments of antiquities across the region convened for two days of discussions on display and storage issues at archaeological museums. Additionally, ICCROM is working with participants from a separate training workshop organized by the Getty Conservation Institute in Tyre, Lebanon to implement pilot projects developed during the workshop at sites in their own countries.

Grant support: €37,300 (2009); €156,000 and €120,000 (2010)

The British School at Rome, Italy

The British School at Rome received grant support for a week-long workshop on protective shelters for mosaics at archaeological sites to be held in September 2013 at Herculaneum and Ercolano in Italy. The workshop will introduce site managers, archaeologists, architects, and preservation professionals from North Africa and the Middle East to proper design and maintenance of shelters for in situ mosaics.

Grant support: €78,000 (2012)

King's College London, England

While rivaling the finest examples from Europe and the Mediterranean coastline, the Greek, Roman and Punic mosaics in Libya face significant conservation challenges. In 2010 King's College London received grant support to organize two five-day workshops on mosaic conservation for site managers, archaeologists and technicians in Libya. The workshops were intended to introduce those who are responsible for mosaics care to best practices and serve as models for a longer-term strategy for mosaic conservation in the region. Given Libya's political transformations of 2011, organizers are updating their plans to suit the country's needs and aim to begin training in 2012.

Grant support: £64,000 (2010)

University of Cyprus, Nicosia

Grants to the University of Cyprus are helping to strengthen the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM), a key MOSAIKON partner based in Cyprus. ICCM promotes the conservation of mosaics and provides a network for specialists to discuss approaches, methods, and treatments. Grants in 2009 and 2012 are allowing ICCM to examine its governance structure, update its membership database, and create an improved website and newsletter. A 2010 grant supported over two dozen mosaics conservation professionals, mainly from North Africa and the Middle East, to attend the 11th Triennial Conference of ICCM in Volubilis and Meknes, Morocco, in October 2011, as well as publication of the conference proceedings. All three grants also provide support for the MOSAIKON regional coordinator.

Grant support: €174,000 (2009), €173,000 (2010), and €184,500 (2012)

Piazza Armerina, photo by Antoine Wilmering
Above: Detail of a mosaic from Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Sicily, late 3rd to early 4th century CE. Photo: Antoine Wilmering, The Getty Foundation.
Top Left: Participants in the 2011 CCA workshop outside of Rome. A mosaic made of three fragments is reassembled on clay. Photo: Nicoló Nardi.
Top Right: Conservators of DGAM Syria consolidating a mosaic. Photo: DGAM, Syria.