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The Responsive Preservation Initiative for Cultural Heritage Resources, supported by the JM Kaplan Fund, is designed to fund projects for urgent, emergent, or priority issues that need to be addressed quickly. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Awarded in 2018

Documentation and Restoration Planning Campaign: Historic North African Crossroads - “Imi n Zawiya” (Morocco)

  • Project Director: Cloe Medina Erickson, Atlas Cultural Foundation

  • Local Partner: Association Amezray SMNID

Continuing the Conservation and Restoration of the Mosaic Pavements of the Eastern Church at Khirbet et-Tireh (Palestinian Territories)

  • Project Director: Prof. Dr. Salah Al-Houdalieh, Institute of Archaeology, Al-Quds University, Palestine

  • Head Conservator: Osama Hamdan, Director of Mosaic Center, Jericho, Palestine

  • Conservation Technician and Photographer: Raed Khalil, Mosaic Center, Jericho, and MA student of Conservation and Restoration Program at the Institute of Archaeology of Al-Quds University

Quantifying, Categorizing, and Digitizing of Islamic Ceramic Tiles in Al-Darb Al-Ahmar Monuments (Egypt)

  • Director: Hayam Ahmed Mohamed Dawoud, Manager, Documentation and Registration Division at Al-Darb Al-Ahmar inspectorate, Ministry of Antiquity.

  • Assistant Director: Rehab Mohamed Hassan Mohamed, Researcher at Documentation and Registration Division at Al-Darb  Al-Ahmar Inspectorate, Ministry of Antiquity.

Salvaging Crete: Late Byzantine Churches and the Legacy of the Artist Ioannis Pagomenos (Greece)

  • Helen Human, PhD, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Washington University of St. Louis

  • Naomi Ruth Pitamber, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Wyoming

  • Cristina Stancioiu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History, College of William and Mary

  • Tiffin Thompson, M.A., Project Designer, El Dorado, Inc. Architecture Firm

Emergency Mitigation and Stabilization Work in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cyrene (Libya)

  • Project Director: Susan Kane, Oberlin College

  • Architect and Conservation Consultant: Thierry Grandin

  • Controller: Fadl Abdulaziz, Department of Antiquities, Shahat

Awarded in 2017

Salvage Archaeology along the Paphos-Polis Motorway: Geophysical and Archaeological Survey at Stroumpi-Agios Andronikos (Cyprus)

  • PI: Dr. Kathryn Grossman, Senior Lecturer, North Carolina State University

  • Co-PI: Dr. Tate Paulette, Assistant Professor of History, North Carolina State University

  • Co-PI: Dr. Lisa Graham, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

  • Co-PI: Dr. Andrew McCarthy, Fellow, University of Edinburgh

  • Geophysical Analyst: Christine Markussen, PhD Candidate, University of Vienna

  • Geophysical Technician: Marina Faka, The Cyprus Institute

  • Undergraduate Student Assistants: From Brown University: Sasha Leiblein and Jake Gardner. From MIT: Christopher Cassidy, Devon Goetz, Makenzie Patarino, Eleni Pitses, Laura Bergemann​

Wadi el-Hudi Expedition (Egypt)

  • Director: Dr. Kate Liszka, Assistant Professor of History at California State University, San Bernardino

  • Assistant Director, Epigrapher, and Chief Surveyor: Bryan Kraemer, University of Chicago and the Robert and Francis Fullerton Museum of Art at California State University, San Bernardino

  • Assistant Director and Chief Ceramicist: Meredith Brand, University of Toronto​

Conservation of the Metal Cargo from the Late Bronze Age Shipwreck at Cape Gelidonya (Turkey)

  • PI: Professor Nicolle Hirschfeld, Department of Classical Studies, Trinity University

  • Head Conservator: Esra Altınanıt Biçer, Institute of Nautical Archaeology

  • Conservation technician and Photographer: Asu Selen Özcan, Institute of Nautical Archaeology 

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