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Giorgio Buccellati wins AIA Site Preservation Award

by eric — last modified January 04, 2011 03:49 PM

Giorgio Buccellati, Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA and co-director of the Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project, has won the first ever Best Practices in Site Preservation Award from the Archaeological Institute of America!

From the AIA Press Release:

The Award was established last year by the AIA Site Preservation Committee to identify and promote best practices in the interdisciplinary field of site preservation and will be presented at the AIA’s 112th Annual Meeting this weekend in San Antonio, Texas.  Buccellati received the award for his exceptional conservation work at Tell Mozan (ancient Urkesh) in Syria and particularly for his efforts in the conservation of mudbrick—a notoriously difficult material to preserve. Mudbrick is extremely fragile and exposure to the elements causes it to deteriorate rapidly.

Read the full announcement here. Congratulations to Giorgio and the Urkesh project team!

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