Research Forum Visiting COnservator Lecture

The Long Journey of the Lod Mosaic – from Roman Times to Today

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

17.30 - 18.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

mosaic of rectangle containing dodecagon split into more shapes each with animals and birds
Photo: Nicky Davidov, IAA

Speaker(s): Jacques Neguer (Head of Conservation for the Israel Antiquities Authority)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Sharon Cather and Professor David Park

The magnificent Roman mosaic from Lod, Israel, was discovered in 1996. Excavated, documented and conserved by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the mosaic was reburied due to lack of funding for museum display. Re-excavated in 2009, the mosaic was detached, re-laid on a new support and displayed in several major American museums:

  • The Metropolitan Museum, New York
  • The Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco
  • The Field Museum, Chicago
  • The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus
  • The Penn Museum, Philadelphia

The Shelby White and Leon Levy Lod Mosaic Center in Israel, the final destination for this archaeological gem, is now under construction. The study of the materials from the excavations as well as ongoing research has revealed exceptional new information, revolutionizing the history of the art of mosaics and their technology. Jacques Neguer will present the discovery, excavation, conservation in-situ and reburial, then the transfer of the mosaic onto a new support and its exhibition, as well as revealing the results of the investigations of antique mosaic workmanship.

Jacques Neguer was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and graduated from the Polytechnic of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1986, with an MS Degree in Engineering Science in Chemistry. Between 1979 and 1992 he was conservator in the National Institute for Historical Monuments, Sofia, Bulgaria. He specialised in mosaics conservation at the Istituto Superiore Centrale del Restauro (ISCR), Rome, Italy. Since 1993 he has worked as a conservator in the Conservation Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority, becoming Head of the Art Conservation Section of the Conservation Department in 1994. He has been a member of ICCM (International Committee for Conservation Mosaics) since 1996 and an elected member of the board 2002-2005, as well as a Member of ICOMOS – Israel and Head of the ICOMOS Scientific Committee for Stone conservation.

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