MCC 2016 On Site Project 1 activities took place in the prestigious archeological site of Ephesus, in the heart of one of its most famous and celebrated spots: the Terrace House 2, an exceptional example of Roman private houses that date back to the 3rd century AD. It is a wealthy decorated area open to the public, which is widely known for its unique archeological treasures in terms of figurative and geometric mosaics, polychrome marbles and frescoes. The training activities, successfully carried out by 15 professionals coming from 4 different countries (Italy, Jordan, Libya and Tunisia), with the participation of two Turkish technicians, were mainly performed in the Residential Unit 2: a beautiful Roman peristyle courtyard adorned with precious geometric and figurative mosaics located around a central opus sectile floor. The initiative was hosted by the Austrian Archeological Institute (ÖAI) and funded by the Getty Foundation with the contribution of the Ephesus Foundation.
Roberto Nardi, Director of CCA - Roma, cannot conceal his sincere satisfaction for the results achieved: "The main objective of MCC 2016 On Site Project, an advanced training course shaped as a real fieldwork on mosaic conservation, was to put 11 professionals coming from 3 different areas of the Mediterranean region in the middle of a real working scenario, which has a lot in common with the ones standing in their respective countries, working side by side with experienced conservators of CCA - Roma [...]. Indeed, the mosaic pavements of the Unit 2 were suffering from different structural problems, as the presence of several detachments between the preparatory layers, the abundance of lacunae and tesserae detachments, and the lack of a regular maintenance [...]. All the working phases were performed under the interested eyes of the visitors, who were able to appreciate the efforts made to preserve the common heritage as well as the team spirit of the conservators. So, thanks to the good work carried out in the Terrace House 2, I firmly believe that we gave a substantial and tangible contribution to the conservation of this unique heritage. In addition, we managed to consolidate the technical and theoretical skills of a team that will make the difference in the Mediterranean region ".
Similarly, Chiara Zizola, senior conservator at CCA - Roma, who is in charge of designing and implementation of conservation projects, highlights the importance of the results achieved: "I am positively impressed by the good quality of the work carried out in the Unit 2, by the excellent planning of every single activity, and the presence of an effective teamwork spirit too [...]. In Ephesus, despite the presence of different languages, different cultures and habits, we absolutely managed to establish an innovative and uniform system of communication based on the common objective of preserving an endangered archaeological heritage, which transcends all geographical boundaries. This common objective played an essential role not only in facilitating the correct execution of shared working techniques, but also in the achievement of good results".
Listening to these opinions, it appears clear that MCC 2016 On Site Project 1 in Ephesus has been a successful and important initiative.