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Today, 18 March 2014, we are publishing the new map showing the up-to-date progress of interventions; it should be noted that as we continue work to secure the interior of the monument, we have also started rehabilitation work in the … Continue reading
I feel compelled to intervene in the debate triggered by Valentini’s article “Tutti i no delle Soprintendenze…” “All the Refusals of the Soprintendenze”) (here and here: in Italian) that appeared in La Repubblica last Sunday. I do so not to … Continue reading
We have not been able to update our information on the Worksite: unfortunately, the unusually heavy rains in early February forced us to suspend operations since it was impossible to work safely inside the monument. However, between 2 and 4 … Continue reading
The first month of 2014 has seen an important new intervention. After the experiment already carried out at a smaller scale, we are about to open the pilot worksite in a vast area above the West Wing, which will lead … Continue reading
As already described in our article of 14 December 2012, Room 41 immediately seemed a particularly representative example of the numerous problems affecting the Neronian complex of the Domus. A careful study of the structure of the vault, at a … Continue reading
The conservation works to be carried out in the north-western area of the Domus Aurea, aimed at tackling the two main objectives of intervention on the monument, are now underway. As already illustrated, the consolidation of structures and the general … Continue reading
The first “Conservation Plan for the Monument” (Preliminary project report and definitive project), developed from an idea by A. Vodret, was drawn up by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma in March 2011 and written by F. Filippi, A. Vodret, I. Sciortino, E. Segala and M. Pesce. It was then presented to the Technical Committees for Archaeological, Architectural and Landscape Heritage of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC). Subsequently, those parts of the project concerning the consolidation of structures and decorations, and the tests for the proposed new arrangement of the waterproof roof were launched.
- Testing the effects of an ancient and a modern roof on the replacement of the plant cover of the Domus Aurea
In September-November 2012, we carried out an archaeological sounding in the sector of the Oppian Hill park above the outer surface of Trajanic Galleries 20A and 20B. The study was aimed at understanding the external layout and construction features of the ancient vaults, with a view both to reconstructing the missing parts and to defining the new external protection system for the monument. Below we publish the preliminary results of the archaeological study.
- The test pits on the Colle Oppio
- Research on the lower storey of the Domus Aurea
- Topographical and archaeological recordings
When we took on the job of consolidating and conserving Room 34 of the Domus Aurea, the tasks and difficulties to be tackled seemed fairly circumscribed.
- An inspection of the great Cryptoporticus and Vasari’s account
- Coordinating health and safety in the Domus Aurea
- West wing: room of the red vault
- Conservation work on decorated surfaces
It is of real importance for all those who, like us, are concerned for the Domus Aurea and its vegetation, respectively a unique and irreplaceable archaeological heritage and a magnificent natural heritage, to discuss the difficult relationship between these two features in the park on the Oppian Hill.
We would like to bring to your attention the update the relevant new overview of expenditure flows.