Ida Sciortino

Author: Ida Sciortino

Archaeologist at MiBAC (the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities) since 1980, she has been a member of the Domus Aurea staff since 1992 and is the blog coordinator. The scientific director of the Underground Basilica at Porta Maggiore, she is also responsible for safeguard in part of the territory of Rome’s 1st District (I Municipio), adjacent to the north-western area of the Roman Forum where since 1982 she has been responsible for all archaeological research and for completing the conservation of the structures in the area behind the Temple of Saturn. On 30 September 2014, as part of the initiatives for the Bimillennium of Augustus, the ancient route of the Vicus Iugarius and the Basilica Julia were reopened to the public.

New studies on the Oppian Hill


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.

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Consolidation work in the east wing

Restauratrice a lavoro - Archivio SSBAR

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.

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