Archaeological Conservation Institute 2011
The course took place between the 6th and the 18th of May 2011, and it was attended by undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines from Randolph College, Virginia.
ACI has been designed with two complementing goals.
The first was introducing the principles of conservation of cultural heritage through lecture-discussion sessions and study trips that may place the lessons of the Institute into a broader context. This has included visits to Hadrian’s Villa, Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto and a weekend in Rome.
Students also had a chance to experience the living cultural heritage of Sabina, the area where the Convent is located, once the native land of the Roman emperor Vespasian. They got first-hand experience of local products, traditional cooking, olive oil and wine production.
The second goal was to give the students the possibility to focus on archaeological conservation of the Roman Mediterranean. This aim was pursued through visits to archaeological sites, lectures, and hands-on experience with ancient artifacts, materials and technology.
Guided by CCA’s conservators, the students participated in the on-going conservation project of the 1st -2nd century AD Roman villa of Sant’Imbenia in Sardinia, working on the ancient frescoes and opus sectile floor.
Course participants were ten undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines from Randolph College, Virginia, accompanied by Professor Susan Stevens.