2022 Course

Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Nizwa, Oman

Applications for the 2022 course are currently delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and international travel and visa restrictions. For more information on the course, or to be notified when the course application becomes available, please email EAC@getty.edu.

Course Content

Led by local and international experts, the course will use Al Ain as an open-air laboratory for participants to learn practical, hands-on methods for preserving earthen buildings and archaeological sites. Through lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, demonstrations, site visits and field exercises, participants will learn fundamental theories of conservation as well as advances in technology and research that have influenced practical approaches to earthen architecture conservation. Group fieldwork at a worksite will provide participants with the opportunity to address actual work scenarios where multidisciplinary solutions and collaboration are required.

Course topics include:

Conservation theory and principles

Laboratory and field analysis of earthen materials

Earth as a building material—use and construction techniques

Mechanisms of decay—material and structural

Methods of recording for documentation and analysis

Conservation methodology—Planning of conservation and rehabilitation interventions

Practical conservation methods—structural and non-structural

Conservation of earthen archaeological sites and decorative surfaces

Maintenance and preventive conservation

Developing rehabilitation and adaptive re-use projects for earthen buildings

A study trip to Oman where participants will carry out an exercise on the conservation of urban settlements made of earth (Manah village, near Nizwa, Oman)


The course is designed for a maximum of 20 participants.

It is open to archaeologists, architects, conservator-restorers, conservation scientists, engineers and other professionals working with earthen heritage from the Middle Eastern, North African and south Asian regions.


The course will be conducted in English. Candidates must have a thorough technical knowledge and command of English. A certificate of language proficiency is required.


A course certificate will be awarded to participants who complete the course and have attended all course activities.

Course fee


Travel, accommodations, and living expenses

Participants will be responsible for their travel costs to and from Abu Dhabi. Lodgings will be provided by the organizers, participants should plan for a minimum allowance of US$500 to cover living expenses.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies. Depending on the availability of funding, the course organizers may be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to selected candidates who have been unable to secure funding.


All participants will be required to have health and accident insurance for the duration of the course.


The course will take place in Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, UAE and in Oman. All selected course participants who are citizens of foreign countries will need to obtain the required visas. The Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi will facilitate the visa process.

Page updated: February 2021