Posted by: israelembassysa | December 8, 2011

Archeological Conservation training program opened to University Graduates around the world

Saving   the Stones –

Saving   The Stones (STS) – an introductory training program in historical and archeological conservation.  This five   month course is for college graduates from diverse fields such as   Archaeology, architecture, history, art, and other disciplines.  The program provides students with a basic   foundation in conservation by introducing them to the practical skills,   procedures, and theory of conservation.

STS is   based in Acre, one of the oldest port cities in the world and a UNESCO World   Heritage site. The program enables students to join the Israel Antiquity   Authority teams of conservators, architects and archaeologists who work in   Acre. Students gain experience in ancient masonry work and other ancient   building materials. Participants will be exposed to all conservation   procedures; historic documentation, site surveying, treatment planning, etc.   and  will be able to experience   first-hand the diverse areas of conservation work.  Acre is a city which bares great evidence   of many ancient cultures including the Hellenistic, Roman, Mamluk, the   Crusaders, the Ottoman Empire and the British mandate.

In   addition, one day a week students will tour active archaeological   excavations, receive a ‘behind the scenes’ glimpse into the archaeological   process, and meet prominent professionals in the field.  Students will engage in a major   archaeological dig or a conservation project in Jerusalem as well. Besides   hands-on conservation work, students will enjoy a rich cultural and social   experience.

Upon   completion of all practical and theoretical aspects of the program, students   will receive an Israel Antiquity Authority Conservation certificate.

The   program opens twice each year: February and September

Open To:   University graduates in the fields of –  Conservation, History, Art, Design,   Archeology, Architecture, Middle Eastern Studies, Museum Studies and   Religion.

General Syllabus

The program includes 6 basic units   over a period of 5 months:

    • Unit 1 – Introduction to Conservation
  • Unit 2 – Basic Conservation Principles
  • Unit 3 – Associated Professions
  • Unit 4 – Techniques and Materials
  • Unit 5 – Practical Project in Jerusalem
  • Unit 6 – Final Project


Unit 1 – Introduction to Conservation

    • 1.1 History of Conservation
  • 1.2 Philosophy of Conservation
  • 1.3 Value Analysis of Findings and Evidences
  • 1.4 The Conservation Procedure
  • 1.5 Basic Concepts

Unit 2 – Basic Conservation Principles

    • 2.1 International and Israelis Conservation Bodies
  • 2.2 Conservation Conventions
  • 2.3 International and Israeli Conservation        Legislation

Unit 3 – Associated Professions

    • 3.1 Archaeology – Legislation, Basic Principles,        Excavation and Objects
  • 3.2 Architecture for Conservation – History and        Typology in Israel
  • 3.3 Engineering for Conservation – Building        Technologies

Unit 4 – Techniques and Materials

    • 4.1 Documentation
  • 4.2 Planning for Conservation
  • 4.3 Plaster Conservation
  • 4.4 Stone Conservation
  • 4.5 Mud Conservation
  • 4.6 Fresco Conservation
  • 4.7 Mosaic Conservation

Unit 5 – Practical Project in Jerusalem

Unit 6 – Final Project

A full ‘week by week’ program can be found at:

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