Chapter

Introduction

Wojciech Kołątaj, Grzegorz Majcherek and Ewa Parandowska

in Villa of the Birds

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160769
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190034 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774160769.003.0001
Introduction

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The chief objectives of the mosaics conservation project were the conservation, protection, and display of the floor mosaics from the Early Roman Villa alpha, discovered at Kom al-Dikka in Alexandria. The project had three complementary elements, firstly, conservation of the mosaic floors; secondly, construction of the shelter; and thirdly, landscaping of the surrounding area in order to open up the mosaics to the visiting public. The mosaic floors can be viewed from a footbridge spanning the area above the level of the ancient floors, thus removing the potential threat of damage resulting from visitors walking directly on the floors. The project was financed by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) under the Egyptian Antiquities Project (EAP), which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Keywords: floor mosaic; alpha; mosaics conservation; American Research Center; Egypt

Chapter.  814 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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