International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics
1st Conference: ICCROM, Rome, 1978
3rd Conference: Soria, Spain, 1986
6th Conference: Nicosia, Cyprus, 1996
7th Conference: Saint-Romain-en-Gal and Arles, France, 1999
8th Conference: Thessaloniki, Greece, 2002
9th Conference: Hammamet, Tunisia, 2005
The five goals set at the end of the founding conference of the ICCM also included a recommendation (no. 4):
The Committee recognized that if a newly discovered mosaic is not given immediate protection it will rapidly become destroyed.
The Committee, considering mosaics and ancient floors in general to be an essential part of an archaeological site, undertakes to make them known to a wider public and to ensure that, fragile as this heritage is, it can be passed onto future generations.
In this way the ICCM will be able to contribute further to the study and safeguard of these exceptional but endangered educational, cultural and artistic creations, characteristic of the Mediterranean region.
Overview of reports of conference rapporteurs:
On the final afternoon of the 2005 ICCM Conference, an overview was presented of the main messages that emerged during the thematic sessions. This overview was based on summary points -produced below- which were distilled from each session by conference rapporteurs.
1. Evaluating Mosaic Practice
2. Caring for mosaics in Museums
3. Documenting and Assessing Sites at Risk