Meeting of the working group on 23 january 2013

On Wednesday 23 January, we met at the Domus; it was raining heavily and this always worries us because of percolation into the interior and the safety of the workers. Luckily, in the late morning the sky cleared and the sun came out. During the first half of the morning our meeting concerned the progress of the project for the new layout of the park area above the monument.

The participants were the Physicist Prof. Sandro Massa who is in charge of the advanced phase of testing the new roof and all members of the internal Working Group who had not come down with the flu. We concentrated particularly on the issue of the drainage of waters and how to channel them into the existing sewers.

Drawing by A. De Romanis (1822), detail rendered by I. Patriarca showing the ancient sewer in Peristyle 20 – SSBAR Archive

Drawing by A. De Romanis (1822), detail rendered by I. Patriarca showing the ancient sewer in Peristyle 20 – SSBAR Archive

A plan showing the ancient and modern sewers, some of which run through the monument and the downpipes linked to them has been updated.

Work to document the sewer system has progressed considerably, thanks in part to the identification of stretches of sewer during investigations inside. We decided to launch a campaign immediately to determine the dimensions, altitudes and directions of the pipes. After acquiring these data and updating the plan with the large external drains, the project can be further refined; in any case we are about to begin a campaign of soundings outside to complete our knowledge of the ancient elevations of the exterior of the monument as far as possible.

Some examples of tests on materials for structural consolidation – SSBAR Archive

Some examples of tests on materials for structural consolidation – SSBAR Archive

The meeting continued with a report on the progress of reconstruction work on the vault of Room 16 in the West Wing, the so-called Little Barracks, since the tests on materials to be used to consolidate the walls have been completed. Those in charge of the worksites will provide news about this on the blog in the near future.

We have created a new section of the blog named Press Release – under Diary – where we will store articles and interviews on the Domus and on our Blog.

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Fedora Filippi

Fedora Filippi

Scientific director of the Domus Aurea from 2009. Archaeologist and coordinator at MiBAC (the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities) from 1980. She is also responsible for the safeguard of the western Campus Martius and Trastevere. Coordinator for the safeguard of archaeological heritage in Rome’s Historic Centre. Director of the SSBAR historical archive. An expert in particular on urban archaeology, she has edited numerous academic publications, especially in the field of Roman archaeology.

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