Last spring and summer, GCI staff traveled to Tunisia for work related to MOSAIKON, a project of the GCI, the Getty Foundation, ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), and the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics that seeks to advance the presentation and conservation of mosaics in the Mediterranean region.

Regional Technician Training, Tunisia

The third six-week training session in this component to train technicians to care for in situ mosaics was completed in May at the Roman-Byzantine site of Bulla Regia, Tunisia. This session, organized with Tunisia's Institut National du Patrimoine (INP), provided attendees from Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Tunisia with training in stabilization treatments and in preventive conservation measures.

During the final week, the site directors of the trainees visited Bulla Regia to see the training and to discuss with trainees their work as mosaic conservation technicians. The visit also provided an opportunity for the supervisors to discuss the challenges they face and the opportunities presented by having trained technicians at their sites. On the second day of the site directors' visit, they met with the INP director general, who proposed hosting a follow-up meeting of North African directors-general to discuss ways of cooperating to advance mosaic conservation in the region. The meetings were also attended by senior officials from Algeria and Libya, as well as by the director of Monuments and Sites of the INP.

Bulla Regia Model Field Project

A three-week campaign was conducted at Bulla Regia in June. The project team continued conservation treatments of mosaics in the Maison de la Chasse, along with the three GCI-trained technicians working on-site. The team also conducted an initial analysis of the mosaic rapid survey data, completed earlier this year, and began discussions for creating a site-wide mosaic conservation plan. Trial wall repair treatments for the Maison de la Chasse were carried out, and mortar materials were collected for laboratory testing at the GCI. Field testing of different depths of reburial fills for moisture stability was begun, as was testing of a temporary covering material.