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ARCE Field School for Architectural Conservators

ARCE Field School for Architectural Conservators

ARCE Field School for Architectural Conservators
Directors: ARCE staff and consultants
April 2007 - July 2012

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Conservation trainees conduct a documentation exercise. Photo: Nairy Hampikian

Training a cadre of Egyptian conservators who will take the lead in conservation activities in Luxor is the objective of this special field school. The intensive training program includes theoretical knowledge building through classroom sessions and practical skills development through conservation work at Khonsu Temple, inside the Karnak Temple precinct.

During the 2011/2012 season, ARCE conducted the first advanced training program for former graduates of ARCE's Conservation Field School (2007-2010). Egyptian technicians learned more advanced conservation methods and had the opportunity to use some new materials for certain treatments. The conservators then put their new skills into practice through a number of different conservation projects in Luxor and Karnak, each lead by an ARCE conservation supervisor.

Teams worked on each project for two to three months, a total of 45 technicians participated.This season also has involved the implementation of a new documentation and archiving system. Bilingual (Arabic and English) condition and treatment report forms have helped to standardize and streamline the documentation process. Condition and treatment maps were created and completed by each technician and then scanned for archival.

Teaching is conducted in the conservation laboratory built by ARCE within the Karnak temple precinct. Ongoing conservation work in the temple of Khonsu, immediately adjacent to the laboratory facility, provides the students first-hand experience in practical application of the information and techniques taught in the classroom.

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