Gabriella Strano

Author: Gabriella Strano

Gabriella Strano, Landscape Architect. She has worked since 1978 at the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l'area archeologica di Roma on the enhancement and maintenance of green spaces as a member of the Technical Office. She has designed and participated in the design of landscape projects and directed the work to landscape the Archaeological and Natural Part of the Port of Claudius and Trajan. She is a lecturer for the course on the Conservation of Historic Parks and Gardens at the School of Specialization in Architectural and Landscape Heritage at the University of Rome “Sapienza”. In 2011 she became a member of the Domus Aurea’s technical staff.

Weeds on the outer surface of trajanic gallery 20b

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The archaeological sounding carried out on the outer surface of Trajanic galleries 20A and 20B entailed, as a preliminary phase, the removal of all the weeds that had taken root in the layer of earth above the screed connecting and covering the vaults.

The types of plants which presented the greatest problems for the wall structure and that were most difficult to remove and eradicate were an Ailanthus altissima (ailanthus or tree of heaven) and a large Laurus nobilis (laurel) bush.

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Start of the intervention in room 41: inspection on scaffolding

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On 12 December 2012, after completing the erection of scaffolding in Room 41, we were able to make an inspection during which, through close-up observation, we evaluated the state of conservation of structures and decorations.

We decided to make this a case study for the blog, taking readers through the phases of analysis, decision-making and consolidation work.

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