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Italian expert trains locals to preserve ancient mosaics in Jordan


AMMAN — Mount Nebo holds a special place in the heart of mosaicist Franco Sciorilli, being as it was the base of operations for the late Father Michele Piccirillo, who formed a team of experts in mosaic restoration there.
“I arrived to Jordan at the end of July 1994 for the summer restoration courses at Madaba Mosaic School,” Sciorilli, who studied at Sapienza University of Rome, said.
“Piccirillo was one of the most important archaeologists in the region,” Sciorilli, director of the Franciscan Archaeological Institute of Mount Nebo, noted, adding that they worked with local communities in Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Egypt.
They worked on Hisham’s Palace in Jericho, Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Hunting mosaic in Alexandria, as well as on mosaics in Syria, while in Jordan their team restored mosaics in Petra, Mount Nebo and Madaba.

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Source: Jordan Times

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