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Mosaic conversation in Lebanon has received a boost recently with the opening of Byblos' new Research and Heritage Conservation Center, which in November hosted a monthlong workshop on preservation practices.The workshop was organized by Mosaikon, a MENA-region initiative founded by the Getty Foundation in 2009, which aims to improve the care and conservation of archaeological mosaics through training. The Byblos workshop assembled participants from Lebanon and Algeria – including several members of Lebanon's Directorate-General of Antiquities, most of whom had previously attended 2-month-long training courses at France's Musee d'Arles Antique.The next course will focus on how to remove harmful reinforced concrete backing from lifted mosaics and place them on alternative backing materials.Byblos' new conservation center – previously a deteriorating derelict structure that, with the support of the South Korean government, was renovated by the DGA – is intended to be an active hub for Lebanese mosaic preservation. In the coming years, the center will be functioning continuously for heritage preservation, with a DGA unit created for the management of mosaic heritage in Lebanon.
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