23 April 2021
In the virtual classroom of the International School of Cultural Heritage 2021 we also talk about future scenarios, contingencies and resilience.
Francesco Sirano and Stefania Siano, respectively director and archaeological officer of the Archaeological Park of Herculaneum, together with Ascanio D’Andrea (data manager) and Paola Pesaresi (restorer architect) from the Herculaneum Conservation Project, discussed with their foreign colleagues conservation, management and participatory approaches that can be implemented in the event of possible shortages of resources or institutional instability. By illustrating the case of the collaboration between the Herculaneum Archaeological Park and the Packard Humanities Institute Foundation, known as the Herculaneum Conservation Project (HCP), they discussed the different technical and organisational features which made it possible to optimise the management of the site’s resources and the planning and implementation of effective conservation and maintenance interventions, which have in fact made the site more resilient and accessible to the public and the local community.
A model of great interest to professionals from all over the Mediterranean who followed the online meeting, given the possibility of replicating the model in their countries of origin.
Participants from Egypt, Ethiopia, Lebanon and El Salvador had the chance to continue the conversation on the topic during the Round Table which took place on the 22nd of April. Together with Sirano, Pesaresi, D’Andrea and Siano, the participants had the opportunity to further discuss the potential of different legislative, technical and organisational frameworks to effectively ensure the protection and management of archaeological sites and cultural heritage.
The meeting was enriched by presentations shared by the international colleagues respectively on: a project to map the cultural and archaeological heritage of the Northern region of Lebanon, based on the use of GIS technology and Google Earth Pro; and on a large-scale project to redefine the ‘visual identity’ of the archaeological site of Luxor, Egypt, with a view to greater involvement of the local community..
Parco archeologico di Ercolano
[Parco archeologico di Ercolano]