IBAM research themes of interest are focused on the recognition, documentation, diagnosis, conservation, fruition and communication of archaeological and monumental heritage.
These skills are expressed through the multidisciplinary personnel of IBAM, composed of archaeologists, architects, geologists, engineers, chemists, physicists, computer scientists in addition to technical staff which supports actively all research lines.
In particular, thanks to its multidisciplinary competencies, the Institute works on:
- Methodologies for the analysis of settlements, landscapes, environment changes in antiquity and the Middle Ages;
- Multidisciplinary studies in the field of archaeology in a Mediterranean perspective, with particular reference to southern Italy and Sicily;
- Methodologies to improve recognition, diagnosis and intervention for the preservation, restoration and communication of Mediterranean archaeological heritage (sites and monuments).
The Institute has become a reference point for a wide spectrum of studies and research activities on Cultural Heritage at national level, but the international archaeological missions of IBAM certainly remain the strongest vehicle to promote its activities in the global sphere.
Indeed, these missions constitute specific focal points for the development of methodologies and techniques, and for transfer of technology to the countries in which they operate.
Another main activity is represented by the development of educational and training initiatives (thematic summer schools, master degrees courses, doctoral researches etc.) created in collaboration with specialist institutions, thus facilitating the involvement of PhD students, research assistants, collaborators, interns, undergraduate students in its research programmes carried out with national and international stakeholders.