Paphos mosaics included in new Getty Trust initiative to preserve antiquities

The Paphos mosaics have been included in an ambitious  $100-million, decade-long global initiative announced by the J. Paul Getty Trust to preserve antiquities across the world from threats such as sectarian violence and climate change.

Working in partnership with the Department of Antiquities in Cyprus, the Getty Conservation Institute will devise a strategy for preserving the mosaics through a possible combination of archaeological shelters and reburial to avoid damage from the sun, sea and air.

“If you leave them exposed without a shelter you need continued maintenance,” Jeanne Marie Teutonico, the associate director of programs of the Getty Conservation Institute told the New York Times.

“We’re seeing more thunderstorms, heavier rain, warmer temperatures. All of that accelerates deterioration.”

James Cuno, president of the Getty Trust, said the threats to the ancient world were “not just from militants and attacks, but from climate change, overdevelopment, mass tourism”.

At Paphos the initiative will seek to protect ancient mosaic pavements from the pressures of tourism and the heavier rainstorms recorded there in recent years.

“Working in partnership with the Department of Antiquities in Cyprus, the GCI will develop a conservation master plan to guide the preservation of one of the richest sites of mosaic pavement in the Mediterranean, with significant remains from the Hellenistic, Roman, early Christian and Byzantine periods, as well as Frankish and Ottoman monuments,”  the Getty

“In an age of resurgent populism, sectarian violence, and climate change, the future of the world’s common heritage is at risk,” said Cuno

Are you a News Source? Read this...

Latest Blog Articles

The Cats of St Theodosius

A few weeks ago we visited an Eastern Orthodox Church near Paphos Airport, as it had some interesting murals. Well, we came and saw the murals, but were conquered by a host of cute kitties that lived in the church grounds...

The Polemi Countryside

The last couple of blogs have been a bit intense, so we thought we would chill out and go for a stroll through the Polemi Countryside, and take a look at the flora, fauna, and interesting gypsum formations that can be found in our beautiful Cyprus scenery...

The Paphos to Polis Motorway - Part 2

It's time for the concluding part of our look at the planned route of the new Paphos to Polis motorway. So join us as we take a bumpy trip from Minthis Hills to Stroumpi, climbing a mountain along the way to enjoy the view...

The Paphos to Polis Motorway - Part 1

A new motorway is coming to Paphos. It will link the existing A6 motorway to the North West coast of the island, reduce travel time, and aid congestion on the B7. That's the plan, anyway. Alternatively, it will destroy precious natural areas and be an expensive waste of money. We decided to take a look at the proposed route for ourselves, so now at least you will know exactly where the motorway will go. Possibly.

Latest News Articles

Tourist arrivals set new record for September

Tourist arrivals in September reached 524,707 in September recording an annual increase of 0.9% and setting a new record for the month, the

Tourist arrivals from Russia and Israel were up, whereas those from the UK and Germany fell.

Flu vaccination programme begins on Friday, 10,000 shots in stock, more to come

The health ministry received 10,000 flu vaccines on Monday, and another batch of 10,000 will be delivered by the end of this month, it said.

According to an announcement, the remaining 58,000 will be delivered in the coming weeks and the process will be completed by mid-November.

MPs to ditch 20-year-old law banning electric cars on highway

AMENDMENTS to a 1999 law forbidding electric cars on highways are expected to be discussed by the House plenum in one of its coming sessions.

Parliament guarantees rights of UK nationals for GMI and employee rights

Two regulations guaranteeing the rights of UK nationals living in Cyprus were passed by the House plenum on Friday.

The first regulation guarantees that UK nationals who by the date of Brexit, set for October 31, are beneficiaries of a guaranteed minimum income (GMI), will retain the right to continue receiving the benefit after the UK’s exit from the EU.