Category Archives: Conservation

Save the Gladiator Tomb, Sign the iPetition

Please join me in voic­ing your con­cern for sav­ing the Gladiator’s Tomb, a unique cul­tural her­itage site that runs the risk of being reburied per­ma­nently for lack of fund­ing.  Together with the AIRC, I am hop­ing to get 5,000 sig­na­tures… Con­tinue read­ing

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Beyond the Past: sponsoring cultural heritage in Rome

The other day, as I viewed the new exhibit, L’eta’ dell’equilibrio, in the Capi­to­line Muse­ums, I pleas­antly came across the ongo­ing con­ser­va­tion project of the Mar­forio statue in the court­yard of the Brac­cio Nuovo.   The colos­sal, reclin­ing river god became… Con­tinue read­ing

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Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror

Caligula: 1400 Days of Ter­ror has aired in the US on Octo­ber 9 and will air in Italy on Octo­ber 28.  I had a lot of fun film­ing this doc­u­men­tary in Rome and Her­cu­la­neum, and am proud to be part of… Con­tinue read­ing

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Living History in Rome day by day

Liv­ing in Rome has proved to be an excit­ing adven­ture over the past 20 years, more inter­est­ing than I could have imag­ined.  (And way more inter­est­ing than what appears on real­ity TV– House Hunters– how­ever enter­tain­ing that was). Now, as… Con­tinue read­ing

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Hadrian’s Villa and the proposed landfill– the straw that broke the camel’s back

The shock­ing deci­sion to cre­ate a mas­sive land­fill within a few hun­dred meters of Hadrian’s Villa, one of most well known, impor­tant cul­tural her­itage sites in the world is, to say the least, aston­ish­ing.  See last December’s CBS news video… Con­tinue read­ing

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Dangerous Cocktail — snow, freezing pigeons, excited crowds don’t mix

Still cold here in Rome, but the snow will fade soon into the back­ground of everyone’s mem­ory.  So just a fol­low up from the lovely walks around the cen­tro the past 2 week­ends.  For a refresher, check out these images… Con­tinue read­ing

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Snow makes ancient Rome into Winter Wonderland

Feb­ru­ary 3 and 4, 2012 have been really spe­cial days.  After the snow­fall in 2010, I didn’t think we’d get so lucky with a real dump again so soon.  Sure, it made life a bit tricky with the traf­fic but… Con­tinue read­ing

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Filming the past: conservation matters

What role does video have in cul­tural her­itage preser­va­tion?  Quite a lot, I’d have to say.   One thing to keep in mind is that video is a pretty cheap medium (e.g., HD video cam­eras and a tri­pod).  So, to get… Con­tinue read­ing

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Mad for Caligula

Time for a look at the 12 Cae­sars again– one in par­tic­u­lar– Caligula, though it’s hard to beat Sue­to­nius’ account and Michael Graves’.  Part of the fas­ci­na­tion with this Roman emperor is from pre­vi­ous “clas­sic” films (i.e., Caligula, I Claudius)… Con­tinue read­ing

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Who’s saving what?

Unlisted Con­fer­ence Rome, Italy April 15–16, 2011 (AIRC-MiBAC) In Rome we con­front the past on a daily basis.  And I’m not just talk­ing about the obvi­ous– the Colos­seum, Forum, Cir­cus Max­imus.  We also fre­quently see a strip of Roman pave­ment… Con­tinue read­ing

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