Carandini Concerned for Hadrian’s Villa

In the wake of the collapse at the Domus Aurea a week or so ago, Andrea Carandini has voiced his concerns that something similar/worse lies in store for Hadrian’s Villa … here’s the incipit of a piece at Il Messaggero:

«Temo che quello che è accaduto martedì alla Domus Aurea possa capitare anche a Villa Adriana». Sono le parole di Andrea Carandini, presidente del Consiglio superiore dei Beni Culturali, dopo il crollo che ha interessato ieri parte del soffitto dell’edificio. «A Villa Adriana per non arrivare al disastro – ha detto Carandini – sarebbe fondamentale operare un monitoraggio continuo, ma l’idea prevalente è che se cade un muro lo si può sempre ricostruire. Invece quella struttura, con il crollo, non ci sarà più e sarà sostituita solo da un surrogato. Anche Villa Adriana rientra nell’allarme già lanciato. Dopo l’attenzione generata dal crollo alla Domus Aurea, bisogna evitare il ritorno alla sonnolenza. La prevenzione non è entrata bene nel nostro modo di pensare ma è una strada che costa meno dei restauri».

The article goes on to mention one of the folks in charge of safety at the Domus Aurea suggesting it will take more than a year and a half to restore the collapsed portion and make it safe again. There is also some criticism (by  (former minister of culture?)  Giovanna Melandri) of budgetary cuts to archaeological protection of close to 15% compared to last year. In contrast, another voice praises the minister Bondi for his willingness to listen to and cooperate with archaeologists. I still can’t figure out heritage issues in Italy …

via Crollo Domus Aurea, Carandini: «Si teme anche per Villa Adriana» - Il Messaggero.

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  1. Rome, the Domus Aurea. Update. April 2010.

    Rome, the Domus Aurea. Update. April 2010.

    Following the collapse of the tunnel section in the Domus Aurea, the scholars and politicians have flooded so too speak the Italian newspaper media with articles and comments about the overall problem(s) of the lack of funding, maintenance and planning not only for the Domus Aurea in Rome, but also the other monuments.

    One of the current controversy’s now is just who(m) or rather deciding who(m) is responsible for the section of the Domus Aurea that collapsed? The City of Rome, Archaeological Supervisor – Dott. Umberto Broccelli says that the responsibility resides with the State authorities, while the State authorities – Dott. Giuseppe Proietti [recently succeeded Prof. Angelo Bottini as the National Archaeological Supervisior of Rome, March 10th, 2010], states that the responsibility rest with the City of Rome.

    Unfortunately, neither the the official website(s) of the:

    Commissario delegato per le Aree Archeologiche di Roma e Ostia Antica.
    http://www.commissario-archeologiaroma.it/opencms/export/CommissarioAR/index.html

    Or that of the Italian Ministry of Cultures website:
    http://www.beniculturali.it/mibac/export/MiBAC/index.html

    Niether website specifically state who is responsible for the Domus Aurea? Even more confusing, is the recent financial statement of the Cooperative in Rome responsible for the maintenance of the Domus Aurea (ca. 01/2010):

    “ARCUS SPA Aggiornamento Piano Interventi Anno 2006 al 29.1.2010″

    Which states the following:

    [1.] “Interferenze archeologiche linea C della metropolitana di Roma−Progetto per portare in luce le interferenze e neutralizzarle (Palatino e Colle Oppio (Domus Aurea) [=] € 1,250,000.00 [Euro's] – Sovrintendenza Arch.ca di Roma di Roma – MIBAC.”

    [2]. “Interferenze archeologiche linea C della metropolitana di Roma−Progetto per portare in luce le interferenze e neutralizzarle (Largo Argentina e di Colle Oppio (Galleria delle Terme di Traiano, cd. Criptoportico)) [=] € 1,250,000.00 [Euro's] – ”
    Sovrintendenza Comunale di Roma.”

    According to this statement, depending on one interpretation, both the City of Rome and the MIBAC are both responsible for the DOMUS AUREA?

    But, the more citicral issue that needs to be addressed here is the safety issues, relating the Archaeologists (professionals / graduate students) who are currently working within this general underground areas of the Domus Aurea. According to the Italian news (and a new photograph), several of these tunnels are utilized as a general storage area(s) for artifacts, architectual elements, etc., the artifacts and other fragments are stored here from different sections of the central archaeological area of Rome. For instance a recent photograph from the FACEBOOK page of: “ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE ARCHEOLOGI [Italy],” shows two Italian archaeologists “Diletta Menghinello e a Ilaria Marrazza” working in one of these tunnels of the Domus Aurea (March 2010) [see link below]. Thank God, none of the Italian archaeologist were working inside the tunnel that recent recently collapsed within the Domus Aurea!

    ~ ROME – THE IMPERIAL FORA: ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS & RELATED STUDIES (1995-2009). THE FORUM OF NERVA (1995-97 / 1998-2001 / 2004-onwards). Rome – Italian archaeologists Diletta Menghinello & Ilaria Marrazzo (foto: Dott.ssa Astrid D’Eredità, March 2010). =
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/imperial_fora_of_rome/4505968549/

    As of now, we will have to wait and see how the Italian Minister of Culture, Min. Bondi, along with Dott. Giuseppe Proietti (SSBAR) & Dott. Umberto Broccelli (Sov.BB.CC.Roma), and the committee members of the ‘Commissario delegato per le Aree Archeologiche di Roma e Ostia Antica,’ are going to address the critical issues relating to DOMUS AUREA and the protection & conservation of Rome’s monuments?

    ~ Also see: ‘Salviamo Roma antica’! – V. Sgarbi interviene dopo il crollo alla Domus Aurea. OGGI (14/04/2010), 30. [in news section for:] Commissario delegato per le Aree Archeologiche di Roma e Ostia Antica. (2008-2010). =

    http://rometheimperialfora19952010.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/commissario-delegato-per-le-aree-archeologiche-di-roma-e-ostia-antica-2008-2010-salviamo-roma-antica-v-sgarbi-interviene-dopo-il-crollo-alla-domus-aurea-oggi-14042010-30-11/

    Thank you
    Martin G. Conde
    Washington DC, USA
    mgconde@yahoo.com

  2. Pingback: [Martin G. Conde, (Apr. 11th, 2010) reply to:] rogueclassicism: “Carandini Concerned for Hadrian’s Villa. APRIL 10, 2010; by rogueclassicist [David Meadows] « Rome – The Imperial Fora: Archaeological News.

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