February 12, 2013
Roberto Nardi
Auditorium Franklin College, Lugano, Svizzera
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Auditorium Franklin College, Lugano, Svizzera
On February 12th 2013, in the auditorium of Franklin College, Lugano, Prof. Nardi presented the outcomes of the conservation project of the Roman city of Zeugma, Turkey. Zeugma archaeological site was in the international spotlight following a cry for attention by the New York Times, in 2000. Zeugma’s invaluable archaeological heritage was threatened by the building of a dam on the Euphrates River, which was going to flood two thirds of the ancient Roman city within a few months. Thanks to generous funding by the Packard Humanities Institute (PHI) a conservation and excavation emergency plan was implemented. For six months CCA conservators were fighting against time and the rising water level, managing to remove from the site 4000 finds, 160 square meters of surfaces, and to protect 8700 square meters of archaeological structures before the flood. Prof. Nardi also presented the conservation project carried out by CCA in the years following the flood. It involved finds removed from site and 850 square meters of detached polychrome mosaics, now on display in the new Gaziantep Museum.