Emergency preservation completed at Ma’arra Mosaic Museum

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ALEPPO - Syria's renowned Ma'arra Mosaic Museum, significantly damaged and in danger of collapsing as a result of the country's ongoing civil war, has undergone emergency conservation carried out by Syrian cultural heritage professionals and volunteers. Housing one of the most important collections of 3rd to 6th century Roman and Byzantine mosaics in the Middle East, the Ma'arra Mosaic Museum is located about 50 miles south of Aleppo. The Museum was an old caravanserai, or roadside inn, that was constructed in 1595 and refurbished as a museum in 1987.
The emergency project is the result of the initiative of an international group of organizations including: Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project (SHOSI), which is a consortium of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center at the University of Pennsylvania Museum; the Office of the Under-Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution; the Geospatial Technologies Project at the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Shawnee State University, The Day After—a Syrian NGO; and the U.S. Institute of Peace. The consortium planned the project, coordinated necessary governmental approvals in the war-torn country, and paid for the materials required to carry out the work with support from the J. M. Kaplan Fund.