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Advanced Conservation Field School 2012

Advanced Conservation Field School 2012

Advanced Conservation Field School 2012
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ARCE Advanced Conservation Field School graduates

In June 2012, ARCE held a graduation ceremony for its Advanced Conservation Field School. On June 28th 2012 ARCE held a graduation ceremony for its Advanced Conservation Field School. This season saw 28 students, (13 women and 15 men), partake in the program that ran from mid October to the end of June. Students were selected by means of an interview panel comprising ARCE staff and Egyptian representatives of the Ministry of State for Antiquities.  Each of the candidates selected for the school had received prior training in ARCE’s Basic Conservation Field School. Over the course of the season, students received supervised, hands-on training in Khonsu Temple’s chapel 7 and its main courtyard. Training was also offered in Luxor Temple’s Ramesses II courtyard.

The goal of the program

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(l-r) John Shearman (ARCE Luxor's Associate Director), Ibrahim Suleiman (MSA Director of Karnak Temple), Abdel Nasser Ahmed Abdel Azim (MSA Head of Conservation for Karnak Temple)

was to expand the skill set learned in ARCE’s Basic Field School, in accordance with international standards. As such, the curriculum covered a variety of topics, including: how to implement a full documentation study of a monument’s deterioration; knowledge of new materials and techniques; how to work in teams comprising conservators and technicians; how to safely apply newly learned techniques; how to develop treatment plans; and how to write technical reports that convey a monument’s conservation history, conservation assessments, and the documentation of recent treatment.

Such training is vital to the sustainable maintenance of Luxor’s monuments, and ARCE was proud to host the program as part of its on-going efforts to aid Egypt’s cultural heritage.

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