Practical workshops

Integrated in the program syllabus are several practical workshops dealing with materials and traditional building technologies. This activity is guided by experts, and is held in various sites in order to give participants a full learning experience.

Each workshop runs usually 2-3 days and is built to cover theoretical background and to enable practical application of the specific skills.

Here are some example of workshops held during past Saving the Stones program:

Adobe and Earth Construction

– Types, Origins, Qualities
– Adobe as a Building Material in the Ancient World
– Manufacture of Adobe Bricks
– Skills: Preparation of Adobe and Earthen Plasters and Bricks

Historic Plasters and Mortars

– Types, Origins, Quality
– The Lime Cycle
– Components, aggregates, and binders
– Plasters and Mortars as Building Materials in the Ancient World:
Construction, Plastering, Floors, Roofs, and Decorative Uses
– Skills: Preparation of Traditional Mortars and Plasters

Stone as a Building Material

– Types, Origins, Qualities
– Stone as a Building Material in the Ancient World
– Technology of Quarrying, and Moving Masonry Stone and Architecture
– Skills: Dry Stone Building Masonry and Artistic Stone Work

Stone Conservation

– Treatment of Salts in Stones: Materials and Methods
– Treatment of Erosion: Causes and Damages
– Reducing Damages
– Cleaning Methods
– Strengthening Stones: Materials and Methods

 

 

Wood

– Types, origins, qualities
– Wood as a Building Material in the Ancient World
– Technology of Woodworking
– Skills: Woodworking

Metals

– Types, origins, qualities
– Metal as a Building Material in the Ancient World
– Technology of Metals
– Skills: Metal- Smithing

 

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