Decorated Surfaces

The Buildings and Sites department work in the conservation of decorated surfaces encompasses a range of media across the globe, including wall paintings in China, Egypt, Italy, and Los Angeles; mosaics in the Mediterranean and North Africa; and Southern African rock art.

The GCI has a long history with decorated surfaces beginning with its inaugural field project in 1986, which undertook conservation of the wall paintings in the Tomb of Nefertari in Egypt’s Valley of the Queens.

Decorated surfaces pose the types of complex conservation challenges that the GCI, with its multidisciplinary staff, is well placed to address. Generally, such surfaces are integral to an architectural or archaeological element. In addition to striving for a balance between visual cohesion and integrity of the original surface material, project teams must also address the condition of the support and the larger architectural context.

Current projects include:

Bagan Conservation Project
Conservation and Management of the Tomb of Tutankhamen
Herculaneum: Conservation of the Tablinum of the House of the Bicentenary
Bulla Regia Model Conservation Project
Mosaics on Archaeological Sites: Training for Site Managers
Shelters for Archaeological Sites with Mosaics
Mosaic Conservation Technician Training
Nea Paphos Conservation and Management Project

Page updated: April 2020