Saving the Stones



Conserving the historic Ottoman Period staircase in the Center’s courtyard.

Saving The Stones is a practical training program designed to give the foundation needed to begin a career in conservation of built heritage and historic preservation.

It  intended for participants from inter-disciplinary backgrounds such as: archaeology, architecture, historic preservation, art history, urban planning, civil engineering, and other related fields.

The program gives recent graduates and young professionals in these fields a unique opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge so as to enable them to begin a career in practical conservation.

Saving the Stones is held at the International Conservation Center – Città di Roma that is situated in Acre – Israel and taught by Israel’s leading conservation professionals, in partnership with Israel Antiquities Authority. Saving The Stones is an ICCROM recognized program.

Through hands-on experiences on various archaeological heritage sites in Israel, participants have a unique opportunity to learn, work, and live in the historic city of Old Acre, and embrace the diversity  of famous historical sites in the Land of Israel.


  • Stabilizing ancient Roman plaster at Caesarea Historic Site

    Stabilizing ancient Roman plaster at Caesarea Historic Site

    Gain better understanding of conservation procedures and theoretical basis;

  • Acquire skills for practical conservation in order to apply them on all scale projects;

  • Get acquainted with built heritage and history of Israel and the Mediterranean region;

  • Join current conservation teams and experts to engage in active heritage sites;

  • Develop a greater understanding of the underlying meaning connected to the rehabilitation of an historic living city by living within the historic city, side-by-side with local residents.





Carefully transporting two thousand year old Herodian frescoes for re-installation, following intensive conservation at Masada National Historic Site.

A) 10/12 weeks of basic studies which include theoretical and practical documentation, and treatment planning through to field work and application.

 B) Optional: 6 weeks of practicum during which the knowledge acquired by the basic training program is applied through apprenticeship, and thorough personal research is conducted on an historical monument/site in Old City of Acre.


A certificate of completion, issued by Israel Antiquities Authority and ICCROM will be awarded to participants at the end of the the course.


The program is instructed in English.

Candidates must have a good knowledge of both spoken and written English.

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Saving the stones