ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA, RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA, & BENI CULTURALI: The High-Valued Archaeological Artifacts of the Imperial Forums of Rome are Unsecure: Dr. Roberto Meneghini & Dr. Eugenio La Rocca (ex-Rome’s Sovraintendente) Loses key(s) to One of the Fora’s Archaeological Storage Vaults (2009 [2014]).

FOTO = "Le chiavi del Foro di [...]" - “Ciao Martin! Ecco qui la foto...ma poi ne farò una migliore e te la spedirò! [an Italian scholar Rome]," e-mail personal communication (02 November 2009).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA, RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA, & BENI CULTURALI: The High-Valued Archaeological Artifacts of the Imperial Forums of Rome are Unsecure: Dr. Roberto Meneghini & Dr. Eugenio La Rocca (ex-Rome’s Sovraintendente) Loses key(s) to One of the Fora’s Archaeological Storage Vaults (2009 [2014]).

 

FOTO = “Le chiavi del Foro di […]” – “Ciao Martin! Ecco qui la foto…ma poi ne farò una migliore e te la spedirò! [an Italian scholar Rome],” e-mail personal communication (02 November 2009).

— Foto: Rome, “Le chiavi del Foro di […],” the key(s) to one of the Imperial Forums outside secure storage vaults containing high-valued archaeological artifacts or marble architectural elements unearthed in the area of the Imperial Forums since the early-1930s until the present.

Foto fonte | source:

— An Italian scholar in Rome working with Dr. Roberto Meneghini of the Office of the Imperial Forums of Rome (e-mail personal communication [02 November 2009]).

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ROMA ARCHEOLOGIA, RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA, & BENI CULTURALI: The High-Valued Archaeological Artifacts of the Imperial Forums of Rome are Unsecure: Dr. Roberto Meneghini & Dr. Eugenio La Rocca (ex-Rome’s Sovraintendente) Loses key(s) to One of the Fora’s Archaeological Storage Vaults (2009 [2014]).

In Nov. 2009 an Italian scholar in Rome formerly assigned to a special project affiliated with the City of Rome’s Office of the Imperial Forums of Rome sent me a photograph of a key(s) belonging to the City of Rome’s Office of the Imperial Forums. The key was for one of the outside secure storage vaults containing high-valued archaeological artifacts or marble architectural elements unearthed in the area of the Imperial Forums since the early-1930s until the present. The Italian scholar was assigned to a recent special project conducted in the Imperial Forums then under the past Archaeological – Directorship of Dr. Eugenio La Rocca, the City of Rome’s Archaeological Supervisor (1993-2008) and the current Directorship of Dr. Roberto Meneghini, the City of Rome’s Archaeological Director of the Imperial Forums (c. 2002-present).

Although following the large-scale excavations in the vast archaeological area of the Imperial Forums of Rome (c. 1997-2000) recovered a great deal of  surviving marble architectural elements from the ancient Imperial Forums of Rome. While some of these high-valued architectural elements are now secured in the internal storage collections located inside of the Museum of the Imperial Forums in the Markets of Trajan. Problematically, a vast number of other marble architectural elements from the ancient Imperial Forums discovered since the early 1930s until 2001, are stored in a few of the various gated archaeological storage collections located throughout the Imperial Forums.

Tourists and the public are not allowed physical access to these various gated archaeological storage collections in the Imperial Forums, but, the contents of these collections can be viewed at a distance along the archaeological itiniraries conducted now and then in the Forum of Trajan and the Forum of Augustus, etc. Likewise, Italian scholars are allowed direct access to the contents of these valuable collections only with special permission of the City of Rome’s Office of the Imperial Forums of Rome, permission granted by (then) the City of Rome’s former Archaeological Supervisor –  Dr. Eugenio La Rocca & the Archaeological Director of the Imperial Forums – Dr. Roberto Meneghini for this particular Italian scholar (pre-2008).

Since 2003 onwards, while, both Dr. La Rocca and Dr. Meneghini have complained about the problems of the Imperial Forums not having proper security to protect the ruins, the artifacts and the marble architectural elements (i.e., dating from antiquity and the later medieval periods) located in the recently excavated areas from numerous incidents of vandalism and incidents of theft. Yet, Dr. La Rocca and Dr. Meneghini themselves they cannot proper account for or keep track of the keys for outside secure storage vaults containing high-valued archaeological artifacts or marble architectural elements? I ask the Italian scholar why they never returned the key(s) to Dr. La Rocca or Dr. Meneghini after their special research project was completed. The Italian scholar replied, “After the completion and review of results of my research project with Dr. Meneghini, he simply never asks for the key to be returned.” “Besides, later, I was also very busy with other research activities at the University in Rome, I completed forgot I still had the key…”

A special thank you to the Italian scholar in Rome who requested anonymity in discussing their research and the problems of working with the City of Rome’s Office of the Imperial Forums (pre-2008).

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s.v.,

— Rome, “Tourists ‘stripping ancient Rome bare’,” The Telegraph, U.K.  (April 3rd 2008).

“Everything has been taken from Trajan’s Forum. The close-circuit television cameras are pointless, and the gates are practically non-existent. Even a child could climb over them. The treasures of ancient Rome are very vulnerable, but there are lots of gaps in the security system of one of the most important archaeological areas in the world.”

~ Anonymous Italian Archaeologist for the Forum of Trajan.

The Telegraph, U.K.  (April 3 2008).

Rome’s ancient monuments are so poorly guarded that tourists are taking away mementos of their visit to the Eternal City with impunity.

Archaeologists said yesterday that Trajan’s Forum, in the heart of the city’s classical ruins, had been stripped of all the fragments of statues and shards of amphorae that adorned the site until recently.

To highlight the problem, a reporter from Il Messaggero newspaper carried away large boxes full of ancient artefacts during the daytime without being challenged.

An archaeologist working at the site, who asked not to be named, said: “Everything has been taken from Trajan’s Forum. The close-circuit television cameras are pointless, and the gates are practically non-existent. Even a child could climb over them.

“The treasures of ancient Rome are very vulnerable, but there are lots of gaps in the security system of one of the most important archaeological areas in the world.” He added that he had often seen people in restricted areas, collecting keepsakes.

The newspaper blamed the 20 million tourists who pass through the city each year for the looting. “Who knows how many of these small fragments now adorn living rooms all over the world?” it said.

The forum was built in AD 112, followed by Trajan’s Column in the following year. The whole area is currently undergoing reconstruction, including the insertion of a raised walkway for tourists.

“This is an open-air museum,” said Eugenio La Rocca, the head of Rome’s cultural heritage authority.

“You have to bear in mind that we cannot cover every angle, especially since restoration work is going on. We cannot put bunkers of guards everywhere. If we did the whole of Rome would be a giant bunker.

“However, the area is closed off and the television monitoring system is connected to a cabin staffed by guards. It is also connected to the police.”

Mr La Rocca said the most valuable artefacts were fully catalogued and carefully stored away in warehouses.

Fonte | source:

— The Telegraph, U.K.  (April 3 2008).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1583825/Tourists-stripping-ancient-Rome-bare.html

— Roma, Capitelli e anfore self – service com’e` facile rubare al Foro di Traiano. Il Messaggero (02|04|2008), pp. 9. 1, 10 & 35.

Il Mess. pg. 1 –  ROMA Rubare reperti nell’area archeologica dei Mercati Traianei al Foro di Roma? Un gioco da ragazzi (nella foto un’incursione nell’area archeologica). Basta scavalcare i cancelli e una bassa ringhiera che delimita una zona non praticabile ai turisti per impossessarsi indisturbati di pezzi di colonne, resti di capitelli e cocci di anfore. «Dai Fori di Traiano – denuncia un’archeologa dei Beni Culturali – si sono portati via tutto. Le telecamere praticamente non servono, di custodi nemmeno a parlarne».

Rome – The Degrade of Rome's Cultural Heritage (02.04.2008). The Staff of the Il Messaggero Newspaper in Rome Steals Artifacts from the Forum of Trajan To Show Just How Inept the Comune di Roma is in Staffing, Maintaining & Protecting Rome's Ruins.

— Rome, the Forum of Trajan: Italian scholar re-examining the vast collection of the marble architectural elements recently excavated in the Forum of Trajan (1998-2001), Foto(s) (c. 2006).

Roma – I Fori Imperiali (1995-2008). Part. 2 - The Forum of Trajan. Excavations & Related studies (1998-2008).

Roma – I Fori Imperiali (1995-2008). Part. 2 - The Forum of Trajan. Excavations & Related studies (1998-2008).

Roma – I Fori Imperiali (1995-2008). Part. 2 - The Forum of Trajan. Excavations & Related studies (1998-2008).

— Dott. Roberto Meneghini, “Foro di Traiano – Cari Reperti, non c’e un soldo!” STAMPA VIVERE ROMA (26/10/2003), p. 1 [1/4].

Pg. 1 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/imperial_fora_of_rome/636340674/

Pg. 2 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/imperial_fora_of_rome/636341470/

Pg. 3 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/imperial_fora_of_rome/636342196/

Pg. 4 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/imperial_fora_of_rome/635483511/

 

 

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