Topic outline

  • Courses and Webimars

    • The first masters program of its kind in Conservation Management of Cultural Heritage taught completely in Arabic!

      The main objective of this program is to enhance conservation practices among specialists and experts in the region which serves the development of the values of conservation in the Arab world. The program has been designed to include the importance of a multidisciplinary perspective and to provide students with a strong theoretical background, as well as practical training necessary to develop their conservation and heritage management skills.

      This master program is offered in collaboration between the University of Sharjah and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). This program takes advantage of a broad range of specialists and experts in various fields of conservation to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for safe practice.

      For more information check the link here.

    • In the framework of H2020 NETCHER Project, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) and the Center for Cultural Heritage Technology – Italian Institute of Technology (Italy) will organize a 4-day Online Training about “Remote Sensing to fight illicit excavation“.
      The training programme is broken into two levels: a beginner level (days 1 and 2) and an advanced level (days 3 and 4).
      The course aims at training Cultural Heritage professionals in the use of  Remote Sensing to identify evidence of archaeological sites’ looting.

      Deadline for application: January 4, 2021 !
      Course date: January 19th-22nd, 2021.

      • Fluency in English is required.
      • The training is free of charge.

      For more information check the course link here.

    • Now available on!

      In this MOOC, that took place in 2020, an international team of experts from six different universities explored the many facets of Greek and Roman cities. They discuss mega cities like Rome, centres of international commerce like the Greek city of Delos and Palmyra in the Syrian Desert, regional centres of production like Pompeii, and frontier towns like Dura Europos on the Euphrates.

      The whole course series is now available for streaming on YouTube, through this link.

      More information about this MOOC is available on this link.

    • Conceived within the framework of ICCROM’s flagship programme on First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis  , these webinars offer an opportunity for ICCROM’s network of professional institutions and change agents to come together and share knowledge, experience and tools that will help us to overcome this crisis. Together, we will reflect on how to support affected communities and ensure resilience of both tangible and intangible heritage while we return to a new “normal”.

      Link to the webinar:

      * No registration is required.

    • In this trilingual MOOC (English, French, German), an international team of experts from six different universities will explore the many facets of Greek and Roman cities. They will discuss mega cities like Rome, centres of international commerce like the Greek city of Delos and Palmyra in the Syrian Desert, regional centres of production like Pompeii, and frontier towns like Dura Europos on the Euphrates.

      The course is open to anybody with an interest in archaeology, architecture, history or cultural heritage. Participation is free of charge.

      Classes Start: Apr 2, 2020

      Classes End: Jun 19, 2020

      Estimated Effort: 2h30

      Registration for the MOOC is opened on this link.

    • Logo og Copernicus MOOC

      The Copernicus MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is an online training aimed at enabling anyone to understand how to use Earth Observation data in order to address societal challenges and generate business opportunities.

      Participants will learn how Copernicus data can be used for evidence-based public policy, as well as to develop new products and services, open up new markets, improve quality of life, and make the most of limited resources in a sustainable way.

      The Copernicus MOOC will be held twice in 2020:

      • MOOC 1: March – May 2020
      • MOOC 2: September – December 2020

      Each MOOC will consist in 12 lessons of 2 hours each, over a period of 12 weeks.

      MOOC 1 will start on Monday 09 March 2020.

      Registration for the Copernicus MOOC is opened at:

  • Publications

    • cover of German book: Grabungsleitfaden

      Publisher: Philipp von Zabern

      Publication year: 2014

      Authors: Johanna Sigl, Claus Vetterling

      How do you deal with archaeological finds? What surveying techniques are there and how are they applied? What is an excavation diary? These questions are answered in this Excavation Guide - the practical companion for working in the field.

      The Excavation Guide, originally written in German, is intended to help beginners to become involved in the excavation process more quickly, in a meaningful way and on their own initiative. Not only are different excavation situations, such as soil conditions or the handling of different monuments, taken into account, but the use of any equipment required for a particular excavation situation is also explained.

      ISBN: 978-3-7319-0260-7

      The German book is available for sale.

      The Arabic translation is available for download for free from this website.

    • Cover-EwaGlos

      Publisher: The Hornemann Institute

      Publication year: 2015

      Editors: Angela Weyer, Pilar Roig Picazo, Daniel Pop, JoAnn Cassar, Aysun Özköse, Jean-Marc Vallet, Ivan Srša

European Illustrated Glossary Of Conservation Terms For Wall Paintings And Architectural Surfaces.
English definitions with translations into Bulgarian, Croatian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Turkish.

      EwaGlos, which has been developed in eleven languages, highlights the crucial role that professionally developed multilingual vocabularies play in international preservation campaigns. The illustrated glossary stresses the importance of common language in the conservation field, and the role that international cooperation plays in creating this common terminology. The core of the glossary comprises approximately 200 definitions of terms frequently used in specifications in the field of conservation-restoration of wall paintings and architectural surfaces. The prefaces of the book introduce professionals, students and decision-makers to complex issues encountered in the development, and use, of such terminologies. The book concludes with an extensive bibliography in this specialized field.

      ISBN: 978-3-7319-0260-7

      The book is available for downloading for free from the site of EwaGlos at this link.

      It is also available in several languages (Arabic, Russian, Persian, Japanese).

    • Cover of Harris Matrix book in Arabic

      A Harris Matrix is a tool that archaeologists use to keep track of stratigraphy and stratigraphic units. By using the laws of stratigraphy, archaeologists create these logic diagrams to record the top-down sequence of stratigraphic deposits and help make sense of the information they contain. Using the principles of stratigraphy in archaeology were first introduced by Dr. Harris, published in his book the "Principles of Archaeological Stratigraphy". This book has been the industry standard for this discipline, so much that the way of seeing stratigraphic sequences is now commonly called a ‘Harris Matrix’ or ‘Harris Matrices’ on archaeological sites.

      This valuable book has been recently translated into Arabic by Tareq Awad and Baraa Seraj Eddin.

      “Principles of Archaeological Stratigraphy” demonstrates the making of stratigraphic sequences or Harris Matrices, as well as expounding on the history of stratigraphy in archaeology, the methods of recording stratification, and the relation of artifacts to the stratigraphic sequence.

      The book is available for downloading for free from the site of Dr. Harris at this link.

      It is also available in several languages (English , Arabic, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Polish, Slovenia, Spanish).

  • Cultural Heritage

    • Now available in Arabic!

      Publisher: UNESCO; Ministry of culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland

      Publication year: 2018

      The Warsaw Recommendation on Recovery and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage has been published in Arabic.
      This document from 2018 constituting a comprehensive set of principles concerning the process of urban reconstruction and rebuilding of historic buildings or complexes of buildings destroyed as a result of armed conflicts or natural disasters.
      This soft-law instrument is the result of the international conference on the "Challenges of World Heritage recovery", which took place at the Royal Castle in Warsaw on 8 May 2018. During the conference, representatives of UNESCO, ICOMOS, ICCROM, World Bank and the Global Alliance for Urban Crises met for the first time to discuss problems related to the reconstruction of World Heritage sites. Over 200 participants representing all regions of the world attended the meeting.

      To download the Arabic document for free click on this link.

    • Cover-ICCROM-Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections-Eng

      Publisher: ICCROM; UNESCO

      Publication year: 2016

      Author: Aparna Tandon

      Built upon years of experience and real-life situations, this publication offers a field-tested, simple workflow for the emergency evacuation of valuable objects that is easy to replicate in any context.
      A multi-purpose guide, it is created with a variety of users in mind, with simple language and layout intended for heritage personnel, emergency responders and civilians alike. It offers guidance on when and how to intervene to protect endangered heritage, its illustrations and charts helping readers to understand quickly and begin working.
      In crisis situations already underway, it is a fast and easy read that covers the emergency documentation of collections, safe transport and temporary storage. For institutions that are either in vulnerable areas or generally seeking to create an emergency plan, this booklet will be a valuable aid in disaster preparedness. It will assist users in prioritizing needs and in planning for realistic action within specific circumstances, using limited resources.

      ISBN (Web): 978-92-3-70000

      Original publication in Portuguese. Available in several languages: English, Arabic, French, Georgian and Nepalese.

    • Cover-ICCROM-Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections-Eng

      Publisher: UNESCO; International Institute of Humanitarian Law

      Publication year: 2016

      Author: O'Keefe, Roger, Péron, Camille, Musayev, Tofig, Ferrari, Gianluca

      This manual serves as a practical guide to the implementation by military forces of the rules of international law for the protection of cultural property in armed conflict. It combines a military-focused account of the relevant international legal obligations of states and individuals with suggestions as to best military practice at the different levels of command and during the different phases of military operations, whether by land, sea or air.
      The manual does not deal with military operations not governed by the international law of armed conflict, such as military assistance in connection with natural disasters or the deployment of military forces during internal disturbances and tensions. While some of what the manual specifies in relation to the conduct of military forces in preparation for and during armed conflict might usefully be applied in other contexts, the manual’s focus is the protection of cultural property specifically in the context of armed conflict.

      ISBN: 978-92-3-100184-0

      Available in several languages:English, Arabic, French, Azerbaijani, Russian, Greek

    • Cover-ICCROM-A guide to risk management for Cultural Heritage-Eng

      Publisher: ICCROM; Government of Canada, Canadian Conservation Institute

      Publication year: 2016

      Authors: José Luiz Pedersoli Jr., Catherine Antomarchi, Stefan Michalski

      This guide is an abridged version of The ABC Method. It explains the ABC Method using many images, basic examples and simple exercises. It has been designed to introduce the risk-based approach to decision makers and to promote its use by heritage professionals and a younger generation of conservators.
      Risks occur in many forms, ranging from the rare and catastrophic to daily and easily observable threats. Adopting a risk management approach will help you to find the priorities for preventive conservation.

      ISBN (Print): 9789290772484
      ISBN (Web): 9789290772491

      Available in several languages: English, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese

    • ICCROM-Glossary of Arabic Terms for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage 

      Publisher: ATHĀR Programme, ICCROM

      Publication year: 2008

      Authors: Hossam Mahdy

      Glossary of conservation terminology (Arabic-English and English-Arabic) developed by Dr Hossam Mahdy for the ATHAR programme and intended for conservation professionals working in the Arab region. This is a preliminary document distributed to invite discussion and comments.