Topic ID #36649 - posted 1/24/2016 12:05 PM



If anybody is interested in local political matters about mediterranean archaeology, I would like to indicate this appeal to the italian heritage Minister,  opposing the proposal to close all around the country the local archaological offices, and simply to embed some archaeologists into the architecture and fine arts ones.

I’m not sure I have a strong opinion about this (against or in favour) at the moment, but I think this piece of news has to be immediately known and discussed also among the colleagues all over the world who are in every manner involved in italian archaeology.

This is the official english summary of the petition everyone can sign online:

The Italian Ministery of Cultural Heritage is undertaking a radical reform of the legal system which protects the archeological monuments. After 110 years of activity the Archaeological Heritage Offices are being cancelled. The reform has been designed very quickly, without any debate inside the the Ministery itself. Furthermore, it seems that the rules concerning rescue archaeology are going to be eliminated from the new code of the public contracts (in opposition to the European Valletta Convention). All this would destroy the preservation system of the italian archaeological heritage.
Aware of the need to enhance the saveguarding system we invite the Ministery to withdraw proposed decree and to open a discussion with the experts in the field by involving also the international scientific community.
The archaeological heritage of Italy is world heritage!

You can see at this link (in italian, english and some more languages):


Post ID#20768 - replied 3/9/2016 11:37 PM


A second episode of this story has to be told.

A few days after the news about the announced internal change in the italian heritage system a Letter of Instruction (Number 01/2016) by the Directorate-General for Archeology has published concerning the preventive archaeology.

About this you can see an article of mine here

Some examples of the contents:
where the heritage office has not the legal autority to impose a preventive archaeological check on the site of a public work, a watching brief could be imposed anyway;
the documents about preventive archaeology must be published online before the public work begins;
all the costs for preventive archeology on a site intended for  public works are in charge of the construction project (not in charge of the heritage offices);
if an archeologial management on the site is necessary, a planning of the archaeological operations must be written;
a storage for the portable finds shall be provided;
if an archeological excavation is done, its results must be published;
post-excavation management of the data,  treatment of finds and publication are going to usually have at least 20% of the costs for archaeology reserved.

And so on.

All that is for archeological management of sites intended for public works, but in the case of large private works the matter should be similar on the basis of a “principle of analogy” (since the italian law states that all underground archaeology is always a public property independently of the soil property).

The most of these practices were already known sice several years in Italy, but not always so clear nor so strong in a homogeneous official document.

I considers this as an attempt by the archaeologists inside the public offices to give a written procedure (more clear and sometimes more strong than in the past) while their offices are at risk.  
Anyway it’s simply my pesonal opinion.



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