Heinz-Jürgen Beste

Author: Heinz-Jürgen Beste

Born in Germany/Westphalia. 1980-86: studied architecture and art history at the Dortmund Polytechnic and the University of Berlin. 1988-1995: scientific assistant at the Institute of the History of Architecture at Munich University. 1989: travel scholarship from the German Archaeological Institute. 1986-1995: participated in the excavation campaigns of the German Archaeological Institute at Paestum, Metaponto, Siracusa and Selinunte. 1997: awarded his Ph.D. from the Architecture Faculty of the University of Munich. From 1995: academic member of the German Archaeological Institute in the Roman Architecture and Topography sector.

Topographical and archaeological recordings

Prospetto dell'ambiente 15

From 2010, the German Archaeological Institute in Rome (DAI), in collaboration with the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma (SSBAR), has created a topographical map covering the underground rooms of the Domus Aurea and the overlying level of Trajan’s Baths now forming part of the park on the Oppian Hill.

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Structural consolidation in the west wing: north-west corner

Ricostruzione delle geometrie originali della volta-Archivio SSBAR

The conservation work to be carried out in the West Wing, and specifically in the north-western corner of the Domus Aurea, are aimed at tackling the two main goals of intervention on the monument:

  • structural consolidation;
  • the overall isolation of the area to minimize heat transfer with the outside, and thus protect and thermally stabilize the surface layers of the fresco paintings decorating most of the rooms of the Domus.

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