Call for participation to the Advanced course on Restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds
The International Centre on Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) is organizing a 3-month advanced training course on the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds, in Zadar, Croatia, from 26 September to 24 December 2011. The course organized with the support of the UNESCO Venice Office is targeted to the practical and theoretical training of candidates for independent work in the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds. In addition to a theoretical introduction, providing insight into the issues of archaeology, underwater archaeology, restoration and conservation, candidates will be also taught specific elements related to the preservation of underwater cultural objects, such as in-situ conservation of features, the administration of archaeological sites and the handling of finds.
Besides the theoretical segment, most of the lessons will consist in mentored practical work at the workshops of the Croatian Conservation Institute (HRZ) in Zadar. Candidates will work with various materials and will be required to complete three main workshops, respectively focused on metal, pottery, and organic finds. Lectures will be given by staff members of the HRZ and ICUA Zadar, faculty members of the University of Zadar, and guest lecturers from foreign institutions. The production of a manual for the course programme is underway. At the end of the course, candidates will take an examination in the theoretical and practical segments, after which they will be entitled to a certificate confirming that they have passed the Centre's course for specialized conservators/restorers of underwater archaeological finds.
The number of participants is limited to 6 persons. Eligible candidates should be nationals from the countries participating in the annual Ministerial Conferences on Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,) or from other countries of the Mediterranean. Candidates from other countries are also encouraged to apply, although their applications will be only considered in case of vacant places after selection of candidates from the above-mentioned countries. Read the full details.
The International Centre on Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) regional centre (category 2) under the auspices of UNESCO carries out educational activities in field of exploration, conservation and restoration of the underwater cultural heritage. It promotes the ratification and implementation of the 2001 Convention by developing and sharing state-of-the-art methods of research in underwater archaeology, conservation and restoration, training and exchange of knowledge. It operates respecting the principles of the Convention and its annexes and contributes to building capacity in other countries in the region.