The second module of MCC Libya 2014 is currently underway at CCA’s headquarters near Rome. It is the first in a series of training courses run by CCA over the next two years. The start of the 2014-2016 edition of MCC marks the beginning of the second phase of MOSAIKON, an international initiative aiming to build capacity in mosaic conservation in the Mediterranean region.
On March 24th, five conservators from the Libyan Department of Antiquities began an intensive training program, consisting in two four-week modules. We were delighted to welcome Abdalsalam Sadoun, Ashraf Bulkasim Mohammed, Bader Omer Al – Beraiki, Essam Mustafa Baridan and Mahmoud Milad Abuhlega.
The course program, shaped by past experience with MOSAIKON courses, incorporates theoretical lessons, lab work sessions, English language classes and field trips. Lecturers Gaël de Guichen and Dimitri Michaelides introduced principles of conservation theory and provided an overview of mosaic technology through history. Classes by Roberto Nardi looked at how the course of conservation practice has evolved over the last decades. Andreina Costanzi Cobau and Roberto Cassio discussed current mosaic restoration techniques with a special focus on the use of lime-based mortars. Participants also attended workshops on documentation methods and on safety in the workplace.
Students spent half their time carrying out treatments in the laboratories, gaining first-hand experience in the conservation of an original Roman mosaic, kindly provided by Museo delle Terme in Rome. The beautiful black and white floor mosaic depicts athletes engaged in gymnastic exercises, and dates back to the Second century A.D.
In the next three weeks students will continue working in the lab, as well as attend lectures on mosaic technology and conservation in situ. The weekends will be dedicated to study visits in Rome, Ravenna and Venice.
We wish our students a wonderful and instructive time in Italy!