Mosaic Conservation and Maintenance of Ephesus

Mosaic Conservation and Maintenance of Ephesus

Ephesus Ancient City is one the most important and visited ancient cities in the world. Not only its size and the monumental reconstructions but also its world famous Terrace Houses are important evidences of its glory.

The terrace house number 2 of Ephesus Ancient City is the most important example of houses in the Roman Empire in the 3rd Century AD. Their rich and glorious decorated surfaces, mosaics, terracotta and marble floors are integral parts of this exceptional ensemble. Ephesus and terrace houses were destroyed because of Earthquakes. People abandoned Ephesus in the 10th Century AD. In order to preserve the relics, frescos and unique mosaics and hand them down to future generations a Conservation and Maintenance work has to be made.

Mosaikon is the international program for the protection of mosaics in the Mediterranean Countries. Mosaikon is launched by the Getty Conservation, the Getty Foundation and the Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics.

The CCA organized as a part of Mosaikon to train conservators from the departments of antiquities in Jordan, Libya, Syria and Tunisia. 15 conservators from Italy, Turkey, Tunisia, Jordan and Libya with a five years training will work to conserve the mosaics from the terrace houses for 2 months (March-May 2016). This is hosted by the Austrian Archaeological Institute and funded by Getty and Ephesus Foundation.

Under the guidance of CCA and ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey, the special team is going to work on the floors of Terrace Houses of Ephesus, carrying out structural consolidation, fixing loose ones and cleaning the mosaics.

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