Architects and the Archaeological Heritage in Italy at the dawn of the new state. Michele Ruggiero and the conservation of the Campania’s archaeological Heritage (provisional title)
Tutor: prof. Renata Picone; Co-Tutor: prof. Massimo Osanna
The doctoral research aims to analyze the evolution of concepts related to the recognition, protection and conservation of the archaeological heritage of Campania, between the 18th and 19th centuries, through the analysis of new techniques and new approaches to archaeology, in Italy and Europe, and the study of the key figure of Michele Ruggiero (1811-1900), an architect and archaeologist from Campania, who through his experiments in Pompeii and other archaeological sites in Campania well addresses the most significant issues of the nascent discipline of archaeological restoration, in relation to the contemporary national and European debate, embodying the interweaving of activities in the field of architecture and archaeology.
The objective of the research is therefore the interpretation of the maturation process of the cultural path that has led to the interweaving of the methods of interpretation of architecture and archaeology, which involves the practice of architectural restoration since the early nineteenth century, to understand the contemporary results of a complex and interdisciplinary approach to ancient buildings, the birth of modern instances of protection and the deepening of the new techniques of excavation and investigation put in place in the unveiling of archaeological sites in Campania.