In the Mediterranean basin (MB) a lack of information about reliable ancient metals conservation, storage and exhibition methods and materials exists. The dissemination of acquired knowledge and experience could reduce such deficit by developing tailored specific information tools.
MEDAL project is aimed to disseminate the experience gained in national and INCO-MED projects for identifying reliable conservation methods and exposure conditions for these precious witnesses of human creativity and technology. With this aim in mind, a Questionnaire will be distributed to identify needs of MB conservators and the information will be elaborated in order to design an Anglo-Arabic web-site to answer to answer these expectations. In the website a FAQ section will be created and the results of large-scale investigation of ancient metal collections with exemplary cases will be shown with the description of conservation methods.
The most important literature references and procedures will be reported for offering specific guided information also by using video. In order to disseminate information, one- week workshops will be also held in Turkey and Syria dedicated to innovative diagnostic tools, methods and materials for conservation of ancient metal artefacts and storage and exhibition planning. These workshops will be transformed in videos and they will be published on the website. During the 15th month a two weeks stage for Mediterranean young researchers will be organised in Italy and experimental training on innovative diagnostic tools will be organised.
Finally, at the end of the project a Conference will be held in Egypt for building a Mediterranean forum with EU representatives, conservators and policy makers where to discuss the MB needs and expectations and how knowledge, technology and dissemination activities carried out during the previous European projects may be collectively evaluated and transformed in an improved valorisation of ancient metal artefacts.
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