International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics
Roberto Nardi received a degree in archaeology from the University of Rome and in conservation of archaeological materials at the Central Restoration Institute, Rome. In 1982 he founded the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica (CCA), a private company carrying out public commissions in the field of conservation of ancient monuments and archaeological sites. CCA is based in a convent located north of Rome where training course are held. He has directed more than 50 projects or training courses in 14 countries, including the Arch of Septimius Severus and the Temple of Vespasian in the Roman Forum, the ancient Roman town of Zeugma, Turkey, wall paintings at the Madrasa Amiriya in Yemen, and the mosaic at Saint Catherine’s in the Sinai. Since the mid-1980s, he has made a special effort to raise awareness on the themes of fragility and safeguard of cultural heritage by opening CCA’s conservation worksites to the public in places such as the Capitoline Museum in Rome and Masada in Israel. He has developed projects for the Getty Conservation Institute and the Packard Humanities Institute, with special reference to mosaics conservation. He has published 80 technical articles and was the Kress Lecturer at the American Institute of Archaeology for 2010/2011. He has been a member of ICCM since 1983, its Vice-President since 1989 and the President since 2014.
Stefania Chlouveraki received a BSc in Archaeological Conservation from the T.E.I. of Athens and her PhD from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She has been teaching mosaic conservation at the Department of Antiquities and Works of Art Conservation, T.E.I. of Athens, since 2006. From 1997 until 2014 she was the Head Conservator of the W.D.E Coulson Conservation Lab at the INSTAP Study Centre for East Crete and directed several object and site conservation programs. Since 1993 she has designed and directed the mosaic and building conservation/training projects of the European Center for Byzantine and Post Byzantine Monuments and the Hellenic Society for near Easter Studies, in Jordan, Syria, and Oman. She is currently working on the two-year INSTAP-KAPLAN program on the development of 'Conservation Master Plans for Sites with Rubble/Earthen Architecture in Greece', including field applications, seminars and on-the-job training. Her professional and research interests include the documentation, remedial and preventive conservation of architectural remains, especially rubble/earth architecture and in-situ mosaics, light-weight systems for mounting detached mosaics and the recovery of mosaics from past conservation treatments. She has been a member of the Directory Board of ICCM since 2008 and the Vice President since 2014. She is a Founding Member of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies (HSNES).
Demetrios Michaelides (President Emeritus) is Professor of Classical Archaeology at the University of Cyprus. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Courtauld Institute, University of London (B.A. in History of European Art) and his graduate studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London (M.A. in Archaeology of the Roman Provinces; Ph.D. “The Pavements of Roman Benghazi, Libya”). He has taught at the Università per gli Stranieri of Perugia in Italy and worked under various guises at the British School at Rome (Assistant Director, Cultural Adviser, and Assistant Librarian). In 1982 he returned to Cyprus and worked at the Department of Antiquities as Archaeological Officer for the District of Paphos. He was appointed Associate Professor at the University of Cyprus in 1992 and Professor in 2000. He was the first Head of the Department of History and Archaeology (1996-2000), and he is presently Director of the Archaeological Research Unit of the University. He has published widely on Cypriot and Mediterranean Archaeology, and is on the Scientific Board of several archaeological periodicals and encyclopedias. He was instrumental in organizing several workshops (in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute) dealing, mainly, with the conservation of mosaics. During 1994-2004, he was Vice-President of AIEMA (Association Internationale pour l'Etude de la Mosaïque Antique) and is presently a member of the Administrative Council. He has been a member of the Board of ICCM since 1990 and its president since 1996.
Gaël de Guichen (ex-ICCROM, Honorary President) is a chemical engineer. He used to be in charge of the conservation of the Lascaux Cave in France. Later, in 1969, he joined ICCROM where he stayed for his entire career, actively developing programmes on Preventive Conservation for the 105 member countries. In 1977, he organized the first conference on Mosaic Conservation, which gave birth to the ICCM. For 6 years he was its Secretary and, in 1999, he was nominated Honorary President.
Anne-Marie Guimier-Sorbets (AIEMA Representative) est professeur d’archéologie et d’histoire de l’art du monde grec à l’Université de Paris Ouest-Nanterre. Elle dirige l’équipe Archéologie du monde grec et systèmes d’Information au sein de l’Unité Mixte de Recherche « Archéologies et Sciences de l’Antiquité » (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université de Paris I, Université de Paris X, Ministère de la Culture), dans la Maison René Ginouvès, sur le campus de Nanterre. Elle consacre ses recherches à l’architecture et au décor architectural (mosaïque, peinture, stuc) dans le monde grec jusqu’à l’époque impériale. Elle travaille notamment sur la Grèce du Nord et sur l’Egypte gréco-romaine. Pour la mosaïque, ses publications et travaux en cours concernent principalement les techniques et l’iconographie des pavements à l’époque hellénistique et le début de l’époque impériale ; elle est chargée de la publication des mosaïques et des peintures d’Alexandrie découvertes par le Centre d’Etudes Alexandrines (directeur J.-Y. Empereur) et collabore avec le Service des Antiquités de l’Egypte et le Musée gréco-romain d’Alexandrie. Présidente de l’Association Internationale d’Etude de la Mosaïque antique (AIEMA), elle représente cette association au sein du bureau de l’ICCM.
Stefano De Caro (Director-General, ICCROM) was elected as the new Director-General of ICCROM during the 27th General Assembly in November 2011. De Caro got a degree in Humanities from the "Federico II" University of Naples and he continued his studies in archaeology at the “Sapienza” University of Rome and the Italian School of Archaeology in Athens, Greece. He has worked at the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC) (1976) as an archaeological Inspector in the region of Molise, and later directed the Excavations Office in Pompeii. In 1991, he became Superintendent of archaeological heritage in the provinces of Naples and Caserta, and was later appointed Regional Director of cultural heritage and landscapes in the Campania region. In this capacity, he coordinated the work of various local branches of the Ministry: monuments, sites, museums, national archives, and libraries. During his tenure directing the Museum of Naples, De Caro re-organized the areas of the museum dedicated to mosaics and organized special exhibitions in which they were highlighted (I mosaici. La casa del Fauno. Guida alle collezioni, Napoli 2001; La natura morta nelle pitture e nei mosaici delle città vesuviane, Napoli 2001). From 2007 to 2010, De Caro took over the position of Director-General of Antiquities with MiBAC, where his vast responsibilities included, among others, advising the Minister on conservation programmes; organizing the work of regional offices on conservation and use of archaeological heritage; and developing national guidelines on rescue archaeology and cultural resource management. He was also instrumental in negotiations for the return of archaeological objects illegally exported abroad, and served on a Ministry commission charged with negotiating bilateral and multilateral agreements for these restitutions. He was a consultant for a number of projects in China, France, Italy, and Russia on cultural heritage and he is also a well-known lecturer and registered journalist, collaborating on several scientific publications and journals. Stefano De Caro represented the Italian government on the ICCROM Council from 2008 to 2011. He was also on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Herculaneum Conservation Project, an organization that collaborates on several of ICCROM's activities. Member of the British Academy and of the Deutsche Archäologische Institut, he has been recently honoured with the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Archaeological Institute of America.
Jeanne Marie Teutonico (Secretary) is Associate Director, Programs, at the Getty Conservation (GCI). She is an architectural conservator with an A.B. (Hons) in Art History from Princeton University and an M.Sc. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. From 1983-1992, she was employed by the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and the Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome where she was instrumental in developing the laboratory curriculum for the International Architectural Conservation Course and responsible for research and technical advice concerning the analysis and conservation of building materials. After a period as independent consultant to UNESCO in Zanzibar, Ms. Teutonico joined English Heritage in 1995 as a senior architectural conservator in the Building Conservation and Research Team. Until her departure to the GCI in September 1999, she was principally responsible for the design and management of an extensive research program dealing with building material science. J. M. Teutonico is author of A Laboratory Manual for Architectural Conservators (ICCROM, 1988) and has published widely in professional journals and conference proceedings. She maintains research interests in the conservation and sustainable use of traditional building materials. She was elected to the Board of the ICCM in 2002.
John Stewart (Treasurer) is Senior Architectural Conservator in the Building Conservation and Research Team at Historic England in London. He studied art history at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and conservation at Columbia University, New York, ICCROM in Rome and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. After training in mosaics conservation at the Atelier de Restauration de Mosaïques in Vienne, France, he has undertaken practical conservation on mosaics and served as conservation adviser on archaeological sites throughout the eastern Mediterranean and in the United Kingdom, including as Senior Conservator at the British Museum and as Conservation Advisor for the National Trust in London. He has been member of ICCM since 1996 and was elected to the Board in 1999. He also lectures on courses of ICCROM and the Getty Conservation Institute on the conservation of mosaics and archaeological sites in the Mediterranean (including the MOSAIKON initiative).
Evelyne Chantriaux conservator, studied architecture in Paris (diploma in 1978), and then specialized in the field of conservation-restoration. She entered the Conseil Général du Rhône in 1980 in order to set up and manage the Atelier de restauration de mosaïques de Saint-Romain-en-Gal, aimed at the safeguarding and the valorization of the mosaics of ancient Vienne ; this public structure, managed by the Rhône and Isère «départements» associated in a cooperative agreement, was created in conjunction with the development programme for the site and archaeological museum of Saint Romain en Gal, which opened in 1996. The workshop, settled in a large area specially equipped for the storage and the treatment of mosaics, has a permanent team of five restorers. Its activities include diagnosis, removal and relaying of pavements discovered on archaeological excavations, and also the treatment of mosaics conserved since the 19th century. In addition to these early missions, carried out at a national level and outside the region, the workshop produces publications, participates in scientific meetings, co-operates for training programmes and contributes to communication actions. Evelyne Chantriaux is a member of the French section of AIEMA, the AFEMA (Association francophone pour l’étude de la mosaïque antique) since 1984, and was elected to the Board of ICCM in 1986.
Aicha Ben Abed received her doctorate from the University of Aix-en-Provence and a post-doctoral degree (HDR, authorizing the holder to direct the research of others) from Paris IV-Sorbonne. She has been Director of Sites and Monuments at the Tunisian INP and organized many roundtables on Archeology in Tunisia. She was also Director of the Bardo Museum and curated several international exhibitions. She worked closely with ICOM for the establishment of AFRICOM, the organization of the first meeting of ICOM-ARAB in Hammamet and a workshop on illicit traffic in the Arab Region. She was responsible for four ancient sites, co-directed three French-Tunisian excavations, and was the director of the Tunisian-French project for the Conservation and Valorization of the site of Dougga. She worked closely with many experts in the field of sites conservation to establish a Strategy of conservation and preservation for Tunisian sites. Co-Director of the Tunisian Corpus, Aicha is the author and co-author of six volumes on the Corpus of Tunisian Mosaics and of several books and articles on domestic architecture and Tunisian mosaics. She co-directed with S. Verger from the Ecole Française de Rome a few sessions of "Ecole Doctorale". She directed and co-directed Doctorate theses on Roman archaeology, and gave lectures on Tunisian Heritage all over the world. She initiated the collaboration between the Institut du Patrimoine Tunisien and the Getty Conservation Institute for the training of technicians in the field of in-situ mosaic conservation. The project included 5 workshops on site management for Tunisian site directors. She participated and coordinated 2 Euromed heritage programs and organized the IX ICCM Conference in Hammamet with the help of the GCI. Aicha Ben Abed is now the coordinator of the MOSAIKON Program
Alessandro Lugari received a degree in Technologies for conservation of cultural heritage at University of Tuscia in Viterbo and in Conservation of mosaics at ‘School of conservation of Mosaics’ in Ravenna. He has 30 years of experience on the conservation of mosaics and sectilia. In 2001 he begun to work as a conservator at the Opificio delle Pitre Dure di Firenze. In the last 13 years he works at the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l’Area Archeologica di Roma, where he directs several conservation projects on mosaics, stones and sectilia. He is a founding partner of AISCOM (Italian association of study and conservation of ancient mosaics) in which is a member of the board. Over the last six years he organizes an international prize of contemporary mosaic, in Nazzano, a little village at north of Rome. He has been studying the construction methodology of ancient mosaics and has published several papers on ancient mosaic technology. He teaches conservation of stone and mosaics at the Central Restoration Institute in Rome.
Hicham Rguig, (born January 3, 1975) is a Moroccan archaeologist. Educated in Rabat, he earn a BA (Historic Buildings), and CES and DES degrees in Islamic Archaeology at the Institut National des Sciences de l’Archéologie et du Patrimoine (INSAP). His academic areas of interest include the protection of minority architectural culture heritage in Morocco and the rest of the Arab region. He had the good fortune of participating in the ATHAR Core regional course on conservation of heritage sites in the Arab region (Amman- Jordan, 2007), and the ATHAR-MOSAIKON course on Conservation and Management of Mosaics on Archaeological Sites (Tyr, Lebanon, 2010- Rome, Italy, 2011). He is currently working as curator at the archaeological site of Chellah located in the heart of Rabat, listed by UNESCO World Heritage since 2012.
Komait Abdallah received a degree in archaeology from the university of Damascus in 2000 and a master 1 in classical archaeology form the university of Damascus in 2001. In 2005, he had the degree of master 2 in archaeology -historical periods form the university of Sorbonne-Paris 1. He received his PhD from the same university in archaeology and history of art in 2009. The subject of his research in master 2 and PHD was the ancient mosaics of Syria. He returned to Syria in 2010 and worked as archaeologist in the general directorate of antiquities and museums at Damascus. He was in charge of training courses at the university of Damascus in 2012. In 2013, he was designated as the director of the scientific and restoration laboratories in the general directorate of antiquities at Damascus. He supervised many projects of mosaic conservation in Syria in 2013 and 2014, both in the mosaic conservation laboratory at the citadel of Damascus, and in various archaeological sites in Syria. He supervised also the project of mosaic conservation at the Great mosque at Damascus in 2014. In 2013 and he launched many training courses in the conservation of mosaic for the students of archaeology in Syria. He is a member of AIEMA (Association International pour l'Etude des Mosaïques Antiques ) since 2009. He published several articles about the ancient mosaic in Syria and he is currently preparing a publication on the collection of ancient mosaics that were conserved at the Marret An-Noumn Museum in northern Syria.