Saving the Stones

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to join conservation teams on site!

Study ancient stones and building technologies, work alongside leading Israeli conservation specialists and archaeologists.
Learn about the many renowned historical figures, nations, cultures and religious movements which have left their mark in Israel.

Historic Old Acre is the pearl of the Galilee. In 2001, it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Many visible remains reveal the stories of the Crusader and Ottoman quarters. The colorful oriental bazaars of Acre, the city walls, the fisherman’s wharf and wonderful restaurants are all part of the special attractions of the city.

Saving the Stones is a practical training course in historical and archaeological conservation. It is being initiated by the International Conservation Center in Old Acre (ICC), and is a joint project of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the Old Acre Development Company and the Municipality.

Saving the Stones is an academic program developed and supervised by the Neri Bloomfield School of Design and Education, Department of Architecture. The Program consists of theoretical classes and practical field work.


Saving the Stones is sponsored by:
• The Israel National Commission for UNESCO
MASA Israel Journey – A Joint Project of the Government of Israel and the Jewish Agency
ICOMOS ISRAEL - Israel National Committee of ICOMOS

Lectures include History of Conservation, Philosophy, Ethics, Basic Principles and Theories in Conservation, Architecture in The Land of Israel, Heritage of Acre, Archaeology of Israel, Geography and Geology of Israel, Technology and Typology of Ancient Structures.
Workshops include: Presentation Skills for Architectural Conservation, Drawing, Photography and Computer Skills.
Practical work: Carrying out surveys and documentation in an ongoing conservation project.
Tours: Study visits to sites around the country with leading conservation specialists and archaeologists.
Supplementary Curriculum: Holocaust studies; tours; Shabbat / Jewish holiday hospitality in the various communities of Acre, modern Israeli history, hospitality in a kibbutz, Hebrew language courses, meeting young Israelis, exposure to Israeli culture, development of leadership skills.

For further information contact:
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• Phone: +972-4-9956726

• Fax: +972-4-9919418

• Mailing address: Weizman 1
  P.O.B 1088
  Old Acre
  24110 Israel