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Villa of the BirdsThe Excavation and Preservation of the Kom al-Dikka Mosaics$
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Wojcech Kolataj and Grzegorz Majcherek

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160769

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160769.001.0001

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Villa of the Birds

Wojciech Kołątaj

Grzegorz Majcherek

Ewa Parandowska

American University in Cairo Press

The chief objectives of the mosaics conservation project were the conservation, protection, and display of the floor mosaics from the Early Roman Villa alpha, discovered at Kom al-Dikka in Alexandria. The project had three complementary elements, firstly, conservation of the mosaic floors; secondly, construction of the shelter; and thirdly, landscaping of the surrounding area in order to open up the mosaics to the visiting public. The mosaic floors can be viewed from a footbridge spanning the area above the level of the ancient floors, thus removing the potential threat of damage resulting from visitors walking directly on the floors. The project was financed by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) under the Egyptian Antiquities Project (EAP), which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Keywords:   floor mosaic, alpha, mosaics conservation, American Research Center, Egypt

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