ARCHEOLOGY IN GREECE: Tomb raiders: Greeks resort to grave robbery as EU austerity bites deeper. THE TIMES [LONDON] (28/04/2012).

ARCHEOLOGY IN GREECE: Tomb raiders: Greeks resort to grave robbery as EU austerity bites deeper. THE TIMES [LONDON] (28/04/2012).

Olympia. The hole in the hillside outside Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, is a mark of the growing desperation of the Greeks. Tomb raiders have dug a 6ft-deep trench in the sandy soil in search of buried treasure at the site of a known Mycenaean cemetery dating back to the 13th century BC. Illegal excavation has surged as the economic crisis deepens and the cash-strapped Greek state struggles to protect its glorious archaeological heritage. “People are desperate and are trying to find treasures without being noticed, because if you rob a store or a bank someone will notice and you might have to use violence,” said Konstantinos Antonopoulos, a state archaeologist who oversees the area. “Illegal digging has increased here in Olympia. About once or twice a month, police or citizens inform us that at this place or that place there is a hole because people are digging illegally there,” he said. “Sometimes they find things, sometimes they don’t.” The scramble for treasure is unsurprising. Greece is in the deepest slump of all eurozone countries. At the end of last year, one in five Greek workers was unemployed, and the country was entering its fifth year of economic depression. Facing new uncertainty, the parliament has dissolved and voters will go to the polls again on May 6. The would-be grave robbers, hoping to find jewellery and weapons buried with the ancient corpses, dug at the Mycenaean cemetery in Daphne for at least two nights last month before a local farmer raised the alarm. The villagers mounted a night-time guard for ten days running to scare the robbers off, is difficult to catch people digging red-handed,” said Michalis Prokopis, the local mayor. “They escape.” Some of the tomb raiders believed to be amateurs, but others are professional gangs exploiting a lack of guards. “In any political, social, economic crisis you always see a rise in looting and robberies, whether it’s a war or a collapse of society, said Nikolas Zirganos, a journalist whose work has helped to retrieve pillaged artifacts from overseas.”I don’t say we are in a war, but we are in a very deep crisis and this affects the cultural heritage very much.” The pillaging has become so severe that the culture ministry decided to rebury a previously known early Christian basilica uncovered during work on Salonika new underground railway. “Mother Earth is the best protector of our antiquities,” said Michalis Tiverios, a professor of archaeology at Salonika Aristotelio University, and an adviser on the project. “Let us leave our antiquities in the soil, to be found by archaeologists in 10,000AD, when Greeks will perhaps show more respect to their history.” Excavation of a necropolis at Pella, the capital of the ancient Macedonian kingdom of Alexander the Great, was suspended after ten illegal pits were found at the site. Last month Greek police recovered more than 8,000 ancient coins and numerous Byzantine icons when they arrested 44 people in alleged antiquity smuggling ring in northern Greece. Another gang was apprehended in October in possession of Macedonian golden grave offerings from the 6th century BC valued at E113 million. “We have more people who are desperate and they are trying to find something and we have more people who do it professionally — and we have fewer guards,” said Despina Koutsoumba, president of the Association of Greek Archaeologists. Greece has 250 organised archaeological sites and at least 19,000 other known locations of importance. With the country in its fifth year of recession, the culture ministry has lost 10 per cent of its archaeologists because civil servants have been forced to take early retirement. There is also a severe shortage of guards, with just 2,000 full-time security personnel. Even the Acropolis is closing at 3pm at weekends, instead of 7pm, for want of staff. The crisis was highlighted by two robberies at Greek museums. Two robbers broke into a museum at Ancient Olympia in February and tied up the sole female guard. After smashing display cases with hammers, they got away with 76 bronze and pottery artefacts including a 3,200-year-old gold ring valued at E4 million ( 3.3 million). In the previous month, burglars stole paintings by Picasso and Mondrian from the National Gallery in Athens. A report later found that dead batteries had not been replaced in the security system. There were only two night-guards, and if one was sick or on holiday, he was not replaced. Alarmed by the losses, the Association of Greek Archeaologists has mounted an international campaign to save the country’s heritage with the slogan: “Monuments have no voice. They must have yours.” On Tuesday, Ms Koutsoumba, the president, took the campaign to the British Museum. Without the guards apparently noticing, she and supporters unfurled a banner in front of the Elgin Marbles — which once adored the Parthenon — opposing the austerity measures imposed on Greece. “We want the people of Europe to understand that when you see reports of cuts in the public sector, it’s not abstract. They are schools, nurses, monuments and museums,” she said.

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – Colosseo, Dott.ssa Rossella Rea: nuovo Museo permanente con 500 reperti – Antichità attraverso il periodo medievale. LA REPUBBLICA (29/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – Colosseo, Dott.ssa Rossella Rea: nuovo Museo permanente con 500 reperti – Antichità attraverso il periodo medievale. LA REPUBBLICA (29/04/2012).

– L’INIZIATIVA, I tesori del Colosseo. Il percorso dal 5 maggio

Cinquecento preziosi reperti: ossa, graffiti e capitelli nel nuovo museo dell’Anfiteatro Flavio. Nel progetto della direttrice Rea, l’idea di un allestimento stabile è nata dal successo delle mostre organizzate negli ultimi anni. (…) Ma il museo del Colosseo avrà una seconda vita con il restauro finanziato da Della Valle. “Il 9 maggio ci sarà la pronuncia del Tar al ricorso del Codacons – annuncia la Rea – siamo tranquilli sull’esito e superati i tempi tecnici di affidamento lavori, a settembre parte l’intervento”. Il progetto museale coinvolgerà l’intero sistema di corridoi radiali e sottoscala monumentali come spazi espositivi, con l’approfondimento della sezione sulla vita quotidiana al Colosseo nel Medioevo. Un percorso che già da fine anno sarà visitabile. Con la successiva realizzazione del centro servizi esterno, sarà liberato il primo ordine. “L’idea – conclude la Rea – è di ricostruire qui i soppalchi delle cosiddette domus solarate, ambienti che popolarono il Colosseo tra IX e XIII secolo.”

Fonte / source:
– LA REPUBBLICA (29/04/2012).

ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY: The SUNDAY TIMES critic A.A. Gill insults Prof. Mary Beard, Prof. Beard Responses with Roman Vengeance [Prof.ssa Beard e L’Impero Romano Colpisce Ancora], THE DAILY MAIL, U.K. (23/04/2012).

ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY: The SUNDAY TIMES critic A.A. Gill insults Prof. Mary Beard, Prof. Beard Responses with Roman Vengeance [Prof.ssa Beard e L’Impero Romano Colpisce Ancora], THE DAILY MAIL, U.K. (23/04/2012).

“…As a classicist, I know a lot about revenge: the Ancient Greeks and Romans were horribly good at it. But not the crude, getting-your-own-back sort; they always ensured their retribution was absolutely appropriate to the crime. So, ever since the acid-tongued TV critic AA Gill sent some of his nasty jibes in my direction in his newspaper column on Sunday (and it wasn’t the first time I’d been at the sharp end of his, frankly, misogynist pen) people have been asking me, what is my vengeance going to be? What would be the most apposite way to get even? (…) But the Romans didn’t get even by trading insults or reducing themselves to the unsophisticated level of their opponents. Throughout Western history there have always been men like Gill who are frightened of smart women who speak their minds, and I guess, as a professor of Classics at Cambridge University, I’m one of them.”

– Prof. Mary Beard, “Too ugly for TV? No, I’m too brainy for men who fear clever women.” THE DAILY MAIL, U.K. (23/04/2012).

ITALIA BENI CULTURALI: WASHINGTON D.C. (USA) – I CARABINIERI RECUPERANO AL PATRIMONIO CULTURALE ITALIANO 7 OPERE D’ARTE. MIBAC (27/04/2012).

ITALIA BENI CULTURALI: WASHINGTON D.C. (USA) – I CARABINIERI RECUPERANO AL PATRIMONIO CULTURALE ITALIANO 7 OPERE D’ARTE. MIBAC (27/04/2012).

ITALIA BENI CULTURALI: WASHINGTON D.C. (USA) – I CARABINIERI RECUPERANO AL PATRIMONIO CULTURALE ITALIANO 7 OPERE D’ARTE. MIBAC (27/04/2012).

ITALIA BENI CULTURALI: WASHINGTON D.C. (USA) – I CARABINIERI RECUPERANO AL PATRIMONIO CULTURALE ITALIANO 7 OPERE D’ARTE. MIBAC (27/04/2012).

ROMA BENI CULTURALI: Palazzo Venezia Cappella della Madonnella di S. Marco, in: Roma ieri, Roma oggi di Alvaro de Alvariis > Raccolte > Roma, Rioni > Rione Pigna (27/04/2012).

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ROMA BENI CULTURALI: Palazzo Venezia Cappella della Madonnella di S. Marco, in: Roma ieri, Roma oggi di Alvaro de Alvariis > Raccolte > Roma, Rioni > Rione Pigna (27/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – I Fori Imperiali: la fuga degli abusivi – Blitz dei vigili / Venditori ambulanti che fuggono alla vista delle pattuglie, nomadi minorenni fermate poco prima di derubare il turista. IL MESSAGGERO (26/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – I Fori Imperiali: la fuga degli abusivi – Blitz dei vigili / Venditori ambulanti che fuggono alla vista delle pattuglie, nomadi minorenni fermate poco prima di derubare il turista. IL MESSAGGERO (26/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – I Fori Imperiali: la fuga degli abusivi – Blitz dei vigili / Venditori ambulanti che fuggono alla vista delle pattuglie, nomadi minorenni fermate poco prima di derubare il turista. IL MESSAGGERO (26/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – I Fori Imperiali: la fuga degli abusivi – Blitz dei vigili / Venditori ambulanti che fuggono alla vista delle pattuglie, nomadi minorenni fermate poco prima di derubare il turista. IL MESSAGGERO (26/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – I Fori Imperiali: la fuga degli abusivi – Blitz dei vigili / Venditori ambulanti che fuggono alla vista delle pattuglie, nomadi minorenni fermate poco prima di derubare il turista. IL MESSAGGERO (26/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – I Fori Imperiali: la fuga degli abusivi – Blitz dei vigili / Venditori ambulanti che fuggono alla vista delle pattuglie, nomadi minorenni fermate poco prima di derubare il turista. IL MESSAGGERO (26/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – Foro Romano – “L’ archaeologia dei luoghi” Comitium e Niger Lapis / (S)copri il Comizio.” (2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – Foro Romano – “L’ archaeologia dei luoghi” Comitium e Niger Lapis / (S)copri il Comizio.” (2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – Foro Romano – “L’ archaeologia dei luoghi” Comitium e Niger Lapis / (S)copri il Comizio.” (2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA – Foro Romano – “L’ archaeologia dei luoghi” Comitium e Niger Lapis / (S)copri il Comizio.” (2012).

“Imperial Rome appears to be a golden, semi-mythical city filled with splendid monuments whose ruins still regularly attract hordes of annual visitors. Yet these tourists see only battered walls,fragmentary pavements, broken columns and piles of marble fragments mutely recalling past grandeur but giving little reliable information on the layout and visual or propagandistic effects of the originally elaborately-decorated buildings. (…) Consequently, most visitors to Roman sites still rely either on simplified guide books or on ‘local’ professional guides who may or may not give there audience accurate (if limited and strictly verbal) information about the sites visited.”

~ Prof. James E. Packer, Digitalizing Roman Imperial architecture in the early 21st century: purposes, data, failures and prospects. JRAS 61 (2006), pg. 309 & 312 [of pages 309-320].

Che giornata orribile! Possano tutte le nostre preghiere portare un po ‘conforto ai suoi genitori e la famiglia. (26/04/2012).

“Vanessa è morta a Pasquasia – Il cadavere giù da un cavalcavia.” RAI GIORNALE, ENNA SICILIA (26/04/2012).

What a horrible day! May all our prayers bring some comfort to her parents and family.
Che giornata orribile! Possano tutte le nostre preghiere portare un po ‘conforto ai suoi genitori e la famiglia.

Rome, Imperial Fora: “Via dell‘Impero Nascita di una strada 1930-36.” Map # 5: “Fondazione dell’ Impero” (28/10/1936).

According to Frau Dr. S. Diebner of the DAI(R), the fifth map of the Roman / Fascist Empire formally placed on the wall of the Basilica Maxentius in 1936, by Antonio Munoz is in the “Museo della Civiltà Romana” in Rome’s EUR.

Dr. S. Diebner of the DAI(R)was kind enough to send me an e-mail about her recent research on the subject (25/04/2012), she wrote:

“…recent work, which will be published in the Italian Series RIASA (Rivista Italiana di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte) I have dealt with the marble-maps on the outer wall of the Basilica di Massenzio in Rome. I have been studying when and why were they placed where they are and I have also been considering the meaning of the fifth map, added to the previous ones on 1936. My interest is actually focused on the use of the cartography as instrument for spreading the ideology from about 1870 on.”

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Thank you Martin

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Note a special thank you to the both Sigg. Alvaro de Alvariis & Gianni De Dominicis of Rome for their help in tracing the whereabouts of the map number 5 from 1944/45 thru 1999/2000. Please see the following:

Several historical photographs of the map: the place of the map on the Basilica in 1936, pictures of the map prior to and after it removal from the Basilica in
1944-45, and finally several color photographs of the map on-site at the theater of Marcellus in the 1999-2000?

Please see the following links for these images:

– Rome, Imperial Fora: “Via dell`Impero Nascita di una strada 1930-36.” Map # 5: “Fondazione dell’ Impero (28/10/1936).” Foto: View far /right of Map # 5 mounted on the Basilica of Maxentius (ca. late 1930s?).
– Rome, Imperial Fora: “Via dell`Impero Nascita di una strada 1930-36.” Map # 5: “Fondazione dell’ Impero (28/10/1936). Antonio Munoz (1936).”
– Rome, Imperial Fora: “Via dell`Impero Nascita di una strada 1930-36.” Map # 5: “Fondazione dell’ Impero” (28/10/1936).
– Rome, Imperial Fora: “Via dell`Impero Nascita di una strada 1930-36.” Map # 5: “Fondazione dell’ Impero (28/10/1936). Foto: Via dei Fori Imperiali (1944-45).
– Rome, Imperial Fora: “Via dell`Impero Nascita di una strada 1930-36.” Map # 5: “Fondazione dell’ Impero (28/10/1936). Foto: fragment of the Map # 5 (ca.
1999-2000). in: 1.1). The Imperial Fora / Via dell’ Impero (2009): Rome Exhibit: “Via dell`Impero Nascita di una strada 1930-1936.” Updated (2011). pp. 5-6.

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ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA – Viaggio nei sotterranei dell’ex deposito Atac dal Pleistocene ai colori del tardo Impero. LA REPUBBLICA (25/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA – Viaggio nei sotterranei dell’ex deposito Atac dal Pleistocene ai colori del tardo Impero. LA REPUBBLICA / FOTO (21 & 25/04/2012).

Superato il blocco di tufo, scendendo fino a dodici metri tra strati di limi e ghiaie, ecco emergere lo spettacolo di un deposito di fossili animali. Ad emozionare i paleontologi è stata la scoperta di una zanna di quasi tre metri, accanto al femore, di un “Elephas”, l’elefante antico, databile 650mila anni fa, una rarità rispetto ai già noti giacimenti del Pleistocene del territorio romano dove gli esemplari arrivano a 300mila anni fa. E con l’elefante sono riaffiorati corna di cervo, ossa di daino, ippopotamo e bue. È solo una delle sorprese che ha regalato il sottosuolo dell’area dell’ex deposito dell’Atac dismesso, tra via della Lega Lombarda e via Arduino nei pressi della Tiburtina, al centro del cantiere del progetto urbano sviluppato dalla società Parsitalia.

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA – ‘Sotto il sole di Roma, Renato Castellani (1948),’ documenti: ‘relazione del Camerlengo sul Colosseo do notte, in Camerlengato, Antichita` e Belle Arti, b. 264 [1858?]. in: EFFETTO ARCHIVIO Memini Ergo Sum. MIBAC / ASR, ROMA (1999).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA – ‘Sotto il sole di Roma, Renato Castellani (1948),’ documenti: ‘relazione del Camerlengo sul Colosseo do notte, in Camerlengato, Antichita` e Belle Arti, b. 264 [1858?]. in: EFFETTO ARCHIVIO Memini Ergo Sum. MIBAC / ASR, ROMA (1999).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA – A Roma detenuti al lavoro in aree archeologiche e verdi. ROMA – Radio Vaticano & Gianni Alemanno (23/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA – A Roma detenuti al lavoro in aree archeologiche e verdi. ROMA – Radio Vaticano & Gianni Alemanno (23/04/2012).

NAPOLI – Girolamini Library’s Disappearing Books, “What’s the Point of Michelangelo?” – Two thousand intellectuals protest at director, a self-styled prince with no degree. Corriere Della Sera /English (April 17th, 2012).

NAPOLI- Girolamini Library’s Disappearing Books, “What’s the Point of Michelangelo?” – Two thousand intellectuals protest at director, a self-styled prince with no degree. Corriere Della Sera /English (April 17th, 2012).

NAPOLI, I libri spariti della biblioteca di Vico – Appello di duemila intellettuali contro il direttore sedicente principe e senza laurea. Corriere Della Sera (17/04/2012).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA – “Roma eterna come la commendia all’ italiana che rappresenta”, in: V. Sgarbi, Il rispetto per Roma arriva via decreto. OGGI (02/05/2012), p. 97.

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA – “Roma eterna come la commendia all’ italiana che rappresenta”, in: V. Sgarbi, Il rispetto per Roma arriva via decreto. OGGI (02/05/2012), p. 97.

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA – “Roma eterna come la commendia all’ italiana che rappresenta”, in: V. Sgarbi, Il rispetto per Roma arriva via decreto. OGGI (02/05/2012), p. 97. [PDF].

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Nota: Although I do not agree with many issues of art critic and former under-secretary of Italian Culture V. Sgarbi, but this his quote best describes the current politics in Rome of the lack of co-ordination by Mayor Alemanno, and his lack of initiative for the safeguarding and enhancement of the City of Rome.

Nota: Anche se non sono d’accordo con molte questioni di critico d’arte ed ex sottosegretario della cultura italiana V. Sgarbi, ma questa sua citazione descrive al meglio le politiche attuali a Roma, della mancanza di coordinamento dal sindaco Alemanno e la sua mancanza di iniziativa per la salvaguardia e la valorizzazione del Comune di Roma.

ITALIA – ‘BENI CULTURALI e ATTIVITA` CULTURALI,’ – Conti pubblici I ministri, Passsera: c’ e` spazio per ridure ancora le spese inutili. Corriere Della Sera (23/04/2012), p. 8.

ITALIA – ‘BENI CULTURALI e ATTIVITA` CULTURALI,’ – Conti pubblici I ministri, Passsera: c’ e` spazio per ridure ancora le spese inutili. Corriere Della Sera (23/04/2012), p. 8.

ITALIA – ‘BENI CULTURALI e ATTIVITA` CULTURALI,’ / Corriere Della Sera (23/04/2012), p. 8. [PDF pp. 1-3].