Partner 10 ISCR – Superior Institute for Conservation and Restoration

The Superior Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ISCR)(Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione e il Restauro), was founded in 1939 within the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, to ensure that restoration activities would be carried out on a scientific basis and to unify the methods applied to works of art and archaeological finds. In 2007 the ICR became ISCR, the Superior Institutes for Conservation and Restoration and it is also the site of the Superior Training School for Restoration. Primary activities include carrying out research on the environmental, natural and accidental factors that deteriorate the underwater Heritage, and on the actions required to prevent and reduce the effects of such damage, and setting guidelines for conservation and restoration activities.

Key Persons:

Dr. Barbara Davidde Underwater archaeologist. Director of the Underwater Archaeology Operations Unit (ISCR). Adjunct professor of Underwater Archaeology – Rome 3 University- ISCR
Taken part in about 50 underwater surveys around the Italian coasts for identification of underwater archaeological sites and rescue of archaeological items. Project planner for projects involving both use of innovative techniques for the restoration of underwater archaeological structures, and Risk assessment and mapping of ancient remains. Member of the UNI NORMAL GL20 Wood Commission, Cultural Heritage Commission- Group Archaeological Wood

Dr. Sandra Ricci. Director of the Marine Biology Area in the Biology Laboratory of the ISCR. Member of the UNI Committee for the definition of methods and strategies about the study of the biological alterations of stone materials and for the control of the biodegradation.

Dr, Giulia Galotta graduated in Biology in 1992 and obtained a Ph.D in Wood Science at the University of Florence in 2000. Responsible for the “wood” section in the Laboratory of Biology at ISCR. Experience of identification of wood species and biological characterization of wood, both of archaeological and historical relevance. In particular, she has performed analyses for the evaluation of alteration in wood structure in order to recognise the various pattern of biodegradation. In addition, she conducts analysis for the physical characterization of waterlogged archaeological wood (measures of density, maximum moisture content, hygroscopic behaviour) for assessing the degree of wood alteration, in order to give suggestion for consolidation in the restoration procedure. Conducts research on the effectiveness of biocides for control of the heterotrophic microflora on wooden artefacts as well as to verify the susceptibility to biodeterioration of wood materials.