• Wanja Wedekind

PCRCH-webinar in times of disaster

As of today, we are also involved in this year's PCRCH webinar-program initiated by the TU-Berlin for students in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon in practical building conservation. PCRCH stands for "Post-Conflict Recovery of Cultural Heritage" and is a course program that has been running for several years. In view of the Corona pandemic and actual disaster, the course will initially be conducted as a webinar. We hope to do the practical part in Jordan and Lebanon in October and are in the thoughts of our students and the people in the Middle East during this difficult time.

The training course on the Post-Conflict Recovery of Cultural Heritage responds to the growing destruction of archaeological and historical monuments in Syria. It is an initiative that sets its focus on the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the archaeological and historical building remains in Syria as well as on modern techniques for the documentation and processing of archaeological and mainly immovable structures of excavations.

The training course is an initiative of the Department of Building Archaeology and Built Heritage Conservation at the Technical University of Berlin. It is organized in connection with the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin (DAI) and the ArcHerNet with the cooperation of the Lebanese University (LU), German Jordanian University (GJU), and with the support of Orient Institution Beirut, and the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (GPIA).

The Training course on Post-Conflict Recovery of Cultural Heritage is generously funded by the Federal Foreign Office’s Migration fund supported by the German Federal Parliament. It is part of the project “Stunde Null: A Future for the Time after the Crisis” initiated by the Presidential Office of the German Archaeological Institute and the Archaeological Heritage Network Germany.

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