2022 Course

The application period is closed.

For questions, please contact EAC@getty.edu

October 22 to November 19, 2022
Al Ain, UAE, and Nizwa, Oman

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.

If you have questions about the application process, or require additional information, please contact EAC@getty.edu

Page updated: February 2022