M. BELLOMO and S. D’AGOSTINO University of Naples “Federico II”

Current research aims at underlining the specific nature of archaeological constructions, especially masonry ones, which find a sense of purpose and value in their new existence as an historical record. They must be preserved and handed down to future generations through the conservation, not just of their cultural value, but also of their material structure. Therefore, the research aims at writing a Risk Profile for each archaeological site, along with the definition of vulnerability indicators referring to individual artefacts. This will make a significant contribution to our understanding of materials of ancient civilisations, as well as to defining the most effective and least intrusive strategies for the programmed maintenance of archaeological sites so as to guarantee their proper preservation.