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Saving the Stones: Practical Conservation Training Internship

Location: Old Acre, Israel

August 25, 2014 to January 22, 2015

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Flyer: international_conservation_center_-_program_guide.pdf

Program Type

Field school


Israel Antiquities Authority & ICCROM

Project Director:

Shelley-Anne Peleg

Project Description

Saving the Stones is a 16-22 week international practical training internship in the conservation of built cultural heritage and historic preservation for emerging professionals from interdisciplinary backgrounds.

Upcoming Sessions

Foundation Studies: August 25 – December 11, 2014
Practicum: December 11, 2014 – January 22, 2015
Application deadline May 15, 2014

Foundation Studies: February 23 – June 11, 2015

Practicum: June 11 – July 23, 2015

Application deadline November 15, 2014


The program is intended to give recent graduates and young professionals in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, architecture, urban planning, design, history, biblical studies, art, geography, various specialized conservation disciplines and other related subjects, the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge hands-on in the field of conservation. Saving the Stones will give you the foundation needed to begin a career in cultural heritage and conservation.


Through an immersive cultural heritage experience, you will have the opportunity to learn, work, and live in an historic city and embrace the many unique characteristics of Old Acre, and the ancient cites of the land of Israel.

Saving the Stones is a joint project of MASA Israel Journey, the Israel Antiquities Authority, ICCROM, the Old Acre Development Company, the Akko Municipality, and the Israel National Commission for UNESCO.

Training Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of conservation procedures and theoretical basis
  • Develop skills for practical conservation
  • Get acquainted with built heritage and history of Israel and the Mediterranean region

Immerse yourself in the historic living city of Old Acre and explore the intricacies of conservation in an urban environment through community engagement. By living within the historic city, side-by-side with local residents, participants will develop a greater understanding of the underlying meaning connected to the rehabilitation of an historic living city.

Intensive Immersion into Conservation of Built Cultural Heritage: 16 weeks foundational conservation and historic preservation studies, including theoretical and practical documentation and survey methods, and treatment planning through to application.

On site practical training with ongoing national conservation projects such as mortar and stone preservation at the Western Wall Tunnels, mosaic conservation at Caesarea, and historic building technologies in Acre.

Advanced practicum: Optional 6 week practicum during which the knowledge acquired by the foundation unit is applied through apprenticeship, and thorough personal research is conducted.

Period(s) of Occupation: Saving the Stones students have worked in all periods of Israeli archaeological history. Primarily students will be working in Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Crusader, Mamluk, Ottoman, and British Mandatory period remains and buildings.

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 16 Weeks

Experience required: 
At least a Bachelors Degree preferred

Room and Board Arrangements

Housing is in a shared, furnished apartment inside of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Old City of Acre. On study trips that require us to leave Old Acre for multiple days at a time, such as to Jerusalem, housing will be provided for.

$5,390 (16 weeks) - $9,915 (22 weeks) USD

Academic Credit

Number of credits offered: none


Contact Information
Shelley-Anne Peleg
Weizman 1 Box 1088
Old Acre