12th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics

Registrations for the 12th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM) are open until September 30th 2014.

The conference will be held in Alghero (Sardinia, Italy) between October 27th-31st 2014, at the invitation of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici per le province di Sassari e Nuoro (Ministero dei Beni, delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo); with support from the University of Sassari, The Getty Conservation Institute and the University of Cyprus.

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On the impact of armed conflict and revolution on archaeology in Libya, Egypt and Syria

The 2013 issue 1/4 of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, edited by Ann E. Killebrew and Sandra A. Scham, presents a special Forum section devoted to the impact of armed conflict and revolution on archaeology in Libya, Egypt and Syria.

The topic is still of extreme relevance today, and different cases of conflict-related damage to cultural heritage in Syria and Libya have been presented on this blog.

In this issue of the Journal the complexities of preserving the past in the context of a volatile present are explored.

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Focus on Cyrene, World Heritage Site in Libya

Cyrene is one of the five enlisted UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lybia. It was the most important Greek colony in the area, founded in the 7th century B.C. The remains spread over a large area, and present impressive structures such as the Greek Temple of Zeus and the Roman theatre. Since the beginning of the revolution, fears had arisen in the international community for the possible damage that military actions could bring to the site.

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A review on the situation of cultural heritage in Libya since the revolution

Libya is one of the richest countries in the Mediterranean basin for archaeology and cultural heritage, with five enlisted UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient Greco-Roman cities of Cyrene in the east, Sabratha and Leptis Magna in the west, have some of the best-preserved archaeological remains, presenting many amazing mosaics.

The armed conflict that started in January 2011, leading to the Gaddafi regime’s fall in October of the same year, raised concerns in the international community for the safety of archaeological sites in Libya.

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