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  • Mosaic excavation and conservation internship in Italy

Archaeology Conservation Center (CCA) in Rieti, Italy

 The CCA is the site of our 2013 undergraduate internship experience, for June 9-30, 2013. Roberto Nardi, from the Center for Archaeological Conservation, has put together for us an exciting program for mosaic conservation. The workshop is 70 km from Rome, in a 13th-century Franciscan convent perched atop a hill. This is where the program will be based (living and working). In addition to the conservation experiences, you students will meet champions of international conservation such as Gael de Guichen, and tour Rome with experts on weekends, as well as cooking classes in the evening. The first week will involve fieldwork in Sardinia. You will be excavating and preparing for transport a Medusa mosaic that you will then unite with its central medallion (excavated last year) at the workshop in Rieti. One of our WUDPAC Fellows will be the UD escort to Italy and during the trip, but he will be staying on beyond June to complete an eight week summer work project at the Center.

 Also Note: As a UD student, you are automatically covered by SOS International for emergency travel assistance outside of the U.S. We encourage you to register on SOS’s website and sign-up for emergency email updates for the countries you will visit. To access the policy, go to http://www.udel.edu/RM/internationalone.html and login via CAS to the “International SOS Portal.” Scroll down to see UD’s policy number, then register at http://www.internationalsos.com.

 While in Italy, the honors undergraduate students will be blogging about their experiences and posting pictures. Feel free to follow: Art Conservation in Italy

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  • Study Abroad visit to a Weaving Collective, Chinchero, Peru

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Art Conservation Study Abroad: Peru

January 3 – February 4  Winter 2011

University of Delaware, Institute for Global Studies 

Program Overview

We had exciting adventures in exploring the ancient and living artistic traditions of Peru.  Our journey started in Lima, where we visited important archaeological sites, museums and conservation labs. From there, we headed to Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The historic center of Arequipa, with its robust walls, archways, vaults, courtyards, and intricate Baroque facades made of white volcanic stone, was our base for class time and practical work.   Our final stop was Cuzco, the Inca capitol, where we explored the living textile customs in weaving communities and the unique painting traditions of the Altiplano.  ​

We had a weekend excursion to the stunning Colca Canyon to learn about indigenous life, ancient forms of terrace agriculture and mestizo architecture.  Our trip culminated in the Sacred Valley and ruins at Machu Picchu.

Courses

The program included two courses that offered an overview of the history & techniques of Peruvian painting and traditional textile production with an introduction to basic conservation methods.  The courses included lectures, museum and archaeological site visits, demos, tours of indigenous communities and ruins. We had hands-on experiences in the production of textiles and wall painting reconstructions using traditional techniques.  We had practical skills in textile and painting conservation. ​

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
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  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
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