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The CCA, Centro di Conservazione Archeologica [Center for Archaeological Conservation] is a private firm operating on public commission in the field of conservation of monuments, works of art and archaeological sites. It was founded in 1982 by graduates of the Italian Central Restoration Institute (ICR) as a highly specialized professional venture.

In more than 25 years of activity, the CCA has carried out some 50 interventions on monuments of significant historical value, held professional training courses in 20 different countries, and published more than 80 technical articles in 8 different languages. It works regularly with the principal international institutions for the conservation and safeguard of cultural heritage: ICCROM, ICR, UNESCO, UNDP, the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), and the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI).

In its work, the CCA applies the methodological principles of preventive conservation and conservation in situ. From the beginning of its activity, it has developed and encouraged the use of traditional techniques and materials in conservation. In particular, the CCA has promoted the use of lime mortar as the main material for conservation in situ of mosaics, plasters, wall paintings and wall structures.

The CCA's conservation projects have always been open to the public and the media, and are aimed at spreading information. In 2004, at Bilbao, it received the Keck Award of the London-based International Institute for Conservation (IIC) for the best public information project, which was called "Open for Restoration -- The Conservation of the Centaurs of the Capitoline Museum of Rome."

Among projects carried out in Rome, we mention the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Roman Forum, the Temple of Vespasian, the Crypta Balbi, the statuary collection of the Atrium and the Lapidary gallery of the Capitoline Museum; the conservation of major statues in the same museum, such as the Faun, the Centaurs (Archeo, November 2001, 22-23) and the Amazons - copies from Polyclitus and Phidias. At Ostia Antica, the baths of the Cisiarii and Piazzale delle Corporazioni.
In Sardinia, the CCA has worked at Porto Torres, in the Necropolis of San Gavino; in the prehistoric sanctuary of Monte D’Accoddi (Sassari); in the rock-cut necropolis of S. Andrea Priu; and on a conservation project for the mosaic pavements at Nora.

The CCA has been working in the Middle East since 1990. In Israel, we treated wall paintings in Jerusalem; in Masada, we restored the Large Baths and Herod's Western Palace;  in Zippori, the mosaics of the Nile villa. Training courses were given in Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia. In Turkey, the CCA worked in southeast Anatolia on conservation during excavation of structures and finds in the Roman city of Zeugma (Archeo, September 2000, 28-39) and in the restoration of more than 1000 m2 of figured polychrome mosaic pavements. During this project, in 2005, the CCA received special recognition from the Turkish Ministry of Culture for their commitment and the quality of treatments performed. Recently it has restored the entire cycle of 16th-century wall paintings in one of the most important Koranic schools of Yemen, the Amiriya Madrasa at Radà. In 2007, the CCA received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for this project.

The CCA is currently working on a project of restoration, conservation and museum display of the sculptures of Monte Prama in Sardinia, as well as conservation of the mosaic of the Transfiguration in the church of the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai, a cycle of 6th-century byzantine mosaics of extraordinary importance.

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