Ancient Pompeii, UNIPD research on the Sarno Bath complex, closed to the public
Fifty researchers from three departments of the University of Padova, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering - ICEA, Geosciences, and Cultural Heritage, are working on the project Mach - Multidisciplinary methodological approaches to the knowledge, conservation and valorization of cultural heritage, to develop new methods and knowledge on one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
The project will address the conservation and enhancement of Pompeii, a World Heritage site since1997, responding to the call of the European Commission and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage: the case study identified is that of the Sarno Bath complex, located in a sector of Pompeii never open to the public and used as a deposit since the 1943 bombing, whose state of health has been assessed.
“The Sarno Baths are an articulated, multifunctional complex to be discovered since it has never been explored archaeologically”, said Maria Stella Busana, project coordinator.
The ICEA Laboratory of Surveying and Geomatics has developed a 3D representation of the complex, the Archaeometric Research Unit has studied the materials of the Sarno Baths at various spatial scales, and the Research Unit on Historical and Archaeological Studies has reconstructed the area’s morphology, environmental characteristics and use of spaces.
“The end goal of the project is to understand and preserve these spaces”, said Massimo Osanna, Director General of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, “but also to open them to the public. There are no definite dates because there is still a lot to do and more resources to invest, but we will have to start planning a visit strategy to be able to open the Sarno Bath complex to the public, perhaps already in 2020”.