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Posted: 01/27/2013

International Conservation Center, Israel

In 2005, The Israel Antiquities Authority, the Old Akko Development Company, and the Akko Municipality joined forces and founded the International Conservation Center. The Center's main goal is to provide training in all preservation and conservation professions. Programs focus on both the theoretical and the practical aspects of conservation. The Center is situated in the Old City of Acre, which is a veritable living laboratory for the study and practice of conserving historic sites and structures. The Center serves as a place of study for researchers in the field, as well as for students, from Israel and abroad, providing them with hands-on conservation experience. Additional programs and activities reflect and feature Acre's rich cultural heritage, and open up new employment opportunities for the city's residents. The continued development of the center is due to fruitful cooperation between the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Cultural Ministry of the Italian Government. In 2009 the mayor of Rome Giovanni Alemano decided to devote the prestigious "Dan David" award to the Center as a commemoration of the Italian activities in San Giovanni di-Acre during the Middle Ages. This collaboration provides the Center the privilege of having highly trained specialists and consultants from Italy and contributes to the future conservation in Israel by developing the profession of conservation.

Practical Conservation Training Internship
Internship Opportunity
Old Acre, Western US
Open Until
Until Filled
Saving the Stones
Practical Conservation Training Internship
Location: Old Acre, Israel
Spring Session: February 18, 2013-July 13, 2013
Suummer 9 week Intensive:  Early June to Early August (TBD)
Fall Session: August 26, 2013 - January 24, 2014
Saving the Stones is a three or five month training internship in conservation and historic preservation.   The program is intended to give recent graduates of museology, archaeology, architecture, design, history, art, geography, and many other subjects, the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge hands-on in the field of conservation.
Held at the campus of the Center in UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Acre, this training internship provides intimate access to the veritable living laboratory for the study and application of practical heritage conservation methods and skills.  
Acre is an historic port city on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and is home to remains of world cultures including the Hellenistic, Roman, Mamluk, Crusaders, Ottoman Empire, and the British Mandate.
The program includes:
Three intensive months foundational conservation and historic preservation studies, including theoretical and practical documentation and survey methods, and treatment planning through to application. 
Two months optional advanced practicum, during which the knowledge acquired by the foundation unit is applied and thorough personal research is conducted.  
On site practical application with ongoing national conservation projects.  Including:  mortar and stone preservation at David's Tomb and the Western Wall Tunnels, mosaic conservation at Caesarea, and historic building technologies in Acre.  
Throughout the program, interns work alongside conservation specialists, archaeologists, and architects of the highest professional and academic level. 
Accommodation and additional enrichment activities included!
Tuition fee required but generous tuition grants are available to eligible applicants.
Contact the International Conservation Center: center@israntique.org.il for more information and to request an application package.  

How to apply
Contact: center@israntique.org.il for more info and an application.
Phone: +972.981.7322
Weizmann 1
Old Acre, 24110



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