Abstract: Mosaic floors are ranked amongst the most important cultural remains of Jordan. Within the last decades, Jordan has flourished in different areas of urban and infrastructural development, which however affected directly the state of preservation of the cultural heritage of mosaics in Jordan. Hundreds of archaeological sites and thousands of mosaic panels have been disappeared due to lack of qualified personnel, awareness and financial support as well as the wrong conservation intervention which were applied in some of the cultural heritage sites in Jordan. This lecture will present and illustrate, how the above mentioned factors affected and contributed to the disappearance and damage of some archaeological mosaic floors in Jordan. This presentation will also explore some solutions and suggestions as to how to save the cultural mosaics of Jordan from vandalism.
About the speaker: Wasif Al-Hwari, is Lecturer at the Department of Conservation at Yarmouk University, Jordan, to UniErasmus Mobility Grant from Yarmouk University/Jordan at University of West Attica –Greece. He led the Euromed Project Acronyon (TEXMED) project on ‘Tailoring New Technologies for the Preservation of Ancient Textiles and other Fibrous Materials’ as collaboration between Jordan and Europe Union. He participated in the 11th Conference of the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM) ’Managing archaeological sites’ held in Meknes (Morocco) in 2011.