Conservation process and significance. A methodological approach to plan shelters in archaeological sites


  • Cesare Sposito University of Palermo
  • Francesca Scalisi DEMETRA Ce.Ri.Med.



conservation process, values and significance, assessment method, technological culture, protective sheltering


Within the scientific debate on the conservation of Cultural Heritage in general and Archaeological Heritage in particular, due to its twofold nature (material and immaterial) and consistently with the interest taken by Technological Culture in the importance of those aspects in the process crucial for their proper development and broad enjoyment, this paper proposes an evaluation model to understand ‘what’ to preserve and ‘why’ for a sustainable development, even before considering ‘how’ to do so, allowing a clearer reading and an easier interpretation of the complex relationships existing between the archaeological pre-existences, the natural environments and the added anthropic systems. The offered evaluation model can guide operators towards conscious sheltering planning with architectural value, promoting the identification of the morphological, typological and technical-constructive solutions most suitable to return the potential significance of the Asset.


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Author Biographies

Cesare Sposito, University of Palermo

Architect and PhD, he is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture. He carries out research on conservation process, focusing in particular on shelter systems for archaeological sites, innovative materials for architecture, nanomaterials and energy saving in buildings.

Francesca Scalisi, DEMETRA Ce.Ri.Med.

Architect and PhD, she is Research Manager of the Euro-Mediterranean Documentation and Research Center in Palermo. She carries out research on green materials, innovative materials for architecture, nanomaterials, energy saving in buildings.


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How to Cite

Sposito, C. and Scalisi, F. (2018) “Conservation process and significance. A methodological approach to plan shelters in archaeological sites”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 4(online), pp. 45–58. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/462018.



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