Location: Old Acre, Israel
Saving the Stones is a 16-22 week international practical training internship in the conservation of built cultural heritage and historic preservation for emerging professionals from interdisciplinary backgrounds.
Foundation Studies: August 25 – December 11, 2014
Practicum: December 11, 2014 – January 22, 2015
Application deadline May 15, 2014
Foundation Studies: February 23 – June 11, 2015
Practicum: June 11 – July 23, 2015
Application deadline November 15, 2014
The program is intended to give recent graduates and young professionals in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, architecture, urban planning, design, history, biblical studies, art, geography, various specialized conservation disciplines and other related subjects, the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge hands-on in the field of conservation. Saving the Stones will give you the foundation needed to begin a career in cultural heritage and conservation.
Through an immersive cultural heritage experience, you will have the opportunity to learn, work, and live in an historic city and embrace the many unique characteristics of Old Acre, and the ancient cites of the land of Israel.
Saving the Stones is a joint project of MASA Israel Journey, the Israel Antiquities Authority, ICCROM, the Old Acre Development Company, the Akko Municipality, and the Israel National Commission for UNESCO.
Immerse yourself in the historic living city of Old Acre and explore the intricacies of conservation in an urban environment through community engagement. By living within the historic city, side-by-side with local residents, participants will develop a greater understanding of the underlying meaning connected to the rehabilitation of an historic living city.
Intensive Immersion into Conservation of Built Cultural Heritage: 16 weeks foundational conservation and historic preservation studies, including theoretical and practical documentation and survey methods, and treatment planning through to application.
On site practical training with ongoing national conservation projects such as mortar and stone preservation at the Western Wall Tunnels, mosaic conservation at Caesarea, and historic building technologies in Acre.
Advanced practicum: Optional 6 week practicum during which the knowledge acquired by the foundation unit is applied through apprenticeship, and thorough personal research is conducted.
Period(s) of Occupation: Saving the Stones students have worked in all periods of Israeli archaeological history. Primarily students will be working in Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Crusader, Mamluk, Ottoman, and British Mandatory period remains and buildings.
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 16 Weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Housing is in a shared, furnished apartment inside of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Old City of Acre. On study trips that require us to leave Old Acre for multiple days at a time, such as to Jerusalem, housing will be provided for.
Academic CreditNumber of credits offered: none