The Matthew and Marysia Gerson National Center for Mosaics

The National Center for Mosaics will occupy some 14,000 square foot of both open and closed areas in the National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel. Experienced mosaic conservators are responsible for carrying out the conservation work of mosaics both in house and in the field. The viewable housing mosaic center houses nearly 800 mosaic and mosaic fragments at any given moment that will be accessible and available to students, researchers, archaeologists and the general public (accompanied by authorized staff).
The treatment of mosaics is organized into several phases. The first phase creates noise and dust due to the slicing and the reduction of the ancient concrete and cement support in order to release the tesserae from the mortar; a following phase is the fabrication and installation of a new support for the mosaic, requiring clean workspaces and large, perfectly leveled and flat platforms; the final phase involves the fine cleaning of the mosaic surface, restoration of missing pieces, the consolidation of materials and the treatment and filling of the gaps.
Following is a short description of the work process involved in mosaic conservation:

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