Nardi, R.

1996

In: R., Ashok (ed.), Archaeological conservation and its consequences: preprints of the Copenhagen congress, 26-30 August 1996, IIC. London, UK. London: International Institute for Conservation, 127-132.

Twelve polychrome floor mosaics were found in a 3rd century AD public building in Zippori, Israel, including one of extraordinary quality representing Nilotic scenes. Conservation of the mosaics was carried out in situ as part of a broader project directed by the National Parks Authority of Israel. The public was allowed to watch the conservation work as it happened. This paper describes the treatment of the mosaics: starting with the technical procedures, it then considers the principles and objectives behind the choice of the methods followed and concludes with some general observations.