Three intensive months of conservation and historic preservation studies (theoretical and practical documentation and survey methods, and treatment planning through to application) in Acre, one month of conservation in Jerusalem (in David's Tomb and the W
- Cusco, Peru; Dodoma, Tanzania, United Republic of; Hanoi, Viet Nam; Bangkok, Thailand
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Gap Year
- Fall Semester, Winter Semester
- Program Description:
- Saving the Stones, based in historic Acre, Israel, is an English taught five-month training program in conservation and historic preservation for students and young professionals from around the world. The program provides hands-on experience in conservation and restoration of historic sites.
Relevant for current graduate students and recent graduates of archaeology, architecture, design, history, art, geography, and other related subjects.
Three intensive months of conservation and historic preservation studies (theoretical and practical documentation and survey methods, and treatment planning through to application) in Acre, one month of conservation in Jerusalem (in David's Tomb and the Western Wall’s Tunnels) and one month of a final personal research or practical project in Acre, during which the knowledge acquired on the program is applied. Program components: 1. Survey and Documentation • Historical and architectural background • Research and analysis of structures and monuments • Documentation and survey methods 2. Planning an historical environment 3. Practical application • Participation in ongoing conservation projects in Acre, Tsfat and Jerusalem. 4. Presentation skills for Architectural Conservation: • Drawing and sketching • Photography • Computer skills 5. Weekly study tours held by the professionals involved in their conservation • To sites such as: Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Jaffa, Masada and the Judean Desert, Caesarea and the coast, Beit Shean and the Galilee, Golan Heights, Beersheba and the Negev desert.
Throughout the program, interns work alongside conservation specialists, archeologists, and architects of the highest professional and academic level.
- Setting Description:
- Held at the campus of the International Conservation Center in the inscribed UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Acre, Saving the Stones 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.
- Total cost is $10,915 and includes educational programming and course tuition, accommodation in shared furnished apartments, trips, cultural and social events and transportation during the program. The International Conservation Center offers generous scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. Additionally, MASA Israel Journey offers up to $4,500 based on eligibility.
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