The operations required to test the Rehabilitation project for the Domus Aurea continue in the Pilot Worksite area.
The first operational phase is underway, with archaeological excavations aimed at uncovering the ancient structures to allow us to carry out any necessary repair work before the installation of the Integrated Protection System.
We published a new article today in the Scientific Research – Archaeological Studies category: the preliminary results of an excavation in the park on the Oppian Hill, above the Trajanic Galleries 20A and 20B. The excavation aimed to clarify the external layout and construction features of the ancient vaults so we can reconstruct the missing portions as part of the project to consolidate and protect the monument.
From 2006, the East Wing of the Domus Aurea, centred around the famous Octagonal Room, was the site of works undertaken by the Commissioner appointed to urgently secure the Domus Aurea by Directive no. 3541 of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of 18 August 2006. After a research and planning phase, the first consolidation interventions (1st batch) began in 2010. These works, directed by the Commissioner L. Marchetti, entailed consolidating vertical walls and jack arches, alongside structural and microclimatic monitoring, concentrated in the East Wing of the monument. With the Directive of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers no. 4017 of 25 April 2012 the state of emergency ceased and responsibility for the whole monument and its management, with the remaining funds, was returned to the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, which in the meantime had continued to work in the West Wing as well as acting to safeguard the monument.
In recent years, our understanding of Nero’s residence on the Oppian Hill has significantly improved with the acquisition of new data supplied by archaeological research organized in the East Wing by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma (SSBAR) from 2000 onwards.
Among the main factors that endanger the conservation of Nero’s palace, now underground after Trajan’s works, a crucial role for the frescoed surfaces is played by light.