Saving the Stones: Practical Conservation Training Internship

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Saving the Stones: Practical Conservation Training Internship
Stones conservation in the Knights Halls in AcreStencil and mural painting restoration
Traditional building technologiesMosaic Conservation at Caesarea and the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem

Location: Old Acre, Israel

Season Dates: February 18, 2013 - July 11, 2013
Session Dates: Spring: February 18 - July 13, 2013, Summer: June 15 - Aug 15, 2013, and Fall: Aug 26, 2013 - January 23, 2014 (Application deadline 10 weeks prior to start date.)
Application Deadline: December 6, 2012



Program Type
Field school

Affiliation: International Conservation Center and Israel Antiquities Authority

Project Director: Shelley-Anne Peleg, Israel Antiquities Authority

Project Description

Saving the Stones is a three or five month training internship in conservation and historic preservation.   The program is intended to give recent graduates and young professionals of archaeology, architecture, design, history, art, geography, and other related subjects, the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge hands-on in the field of conservation.

Held at the campus of the International Conservation Center, Citta di' Roma, in the inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Acre, Israel,  this training internship provides intimate access to the veritable living laboratory for the study and application of practical heritage conservation methods and skills.  
Acre is an historic port city on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and is home to remains of world cultures including the Hellenistic, Roman, Mamluk, Crusaders, Ottoman Empire, and the British Mandate.
The program includes:
Three intensive months foundational conservation and historic preservation studies, including theoretical and practical documentation and survey methods, and treatment planning through to application. 
Two months optional advanced practicum, during which the knowledge acquired by the foundation unit is applied and thorough personal research is conducted.  
On site practical application with ongoing national conservation projects.  Including:  mortar and stone preservation at David's Tomb and the Western Wall Tunnels, mosaic conservation at Caesarea, and historic building technologies in Acre.  
Throughout the program, interns work alongside conservation specialists, archaeologists, and architects of the highest professional and academic level. 
Accommodation and additional enrichment activities provided!  
Tuition fee required, but generous tuition grants are available to eligible applicants.
Contact the International Conservation Center: for more information and to request an application package.  


Period(s) of Occupation: Ottoman, Mamluk, Crusader (but not exclusively)

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 12 weeks

Minimum Age: 21

Experience Required: Bachelors degree

Room and Board Arrangements

Participants are provided shared, fully furnished accomodation in the Old City of Acre.   Apartments include kitchen facilities, utensils, and Wi-Fi.  

Cost: Varies on duration and grants received

Academic Credit
Number of credits offered: none

Contact Information
Shelley-Anne Peleg
Weizmann 1
Old Acre, 24110
Phone: +972-4-981-7322

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