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IBAM is a multidisciplinary research Institute with high expertise and specialized skills in the field of knowledge, documentation, diagnosis, preservation, enhancement, fruition and communication of archaeological and monumental heritage.

The Institute has a main headquarters in Catania, two research offices in Lecce and Potenza and a research unit in Rome, the latter founded in 2008. The Institute was created in 2001 as part of the long CNR reform process, by aggregating different existing research offices of southern Italy: the Centre for Greek archeological studies of the University of Catania; the Institute for the conservation of monumental heritage (ISCOM) of the University of Lecce and the International Institute for studies of Frederick II.

In 2002, IBAM after a period of structural reform, became a permanent Institution (decree N. 1631 of 17.9.2002) giving life to a research centre with several accomplishments achieved over the years and many scientific results of the highest quality on the international stage.

From its foundation, the aggregation of the three offices located in Catania, Lecce and Potenza was never conceived as a mere technical operation, but rather as an integration of multidisciplinary skills and methodologies incorporating mutual research goals.

During the last ten years, the progressive integration of these diverse skills has created a homogeneous scientific critical mass able to compete on the international scene thanks to the improved kaleidoscope of scientific knowledge and technical abilities.

From 2002 to 2010, the Director of IBAM was Francesco D’Andria, Professor of classical archaeology at the University of Salento. The current Director (from 2011-2015) is the archaeologist Daniele Malfitana.

 


  

Catania Headquartes

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From 2013 the IBAM office at Catania has become the headquarters of the Institute.

Since its establishment the Catania office has been extremely active in scientific research activity. It is placed in the magnificent setting of Palazzo Ingrassia sharing the building with the Department of Humanities of Catania University (the former Faculty of Letters and Philosophy), in the historic centre of Catania and close to the most ancient archaeological zone of the city.

Over the years the Catania office has seen a gradual change of scientific research activities. Particularly, since 2000, the involvement of new professional skills has allowed a considerable enlargement of its disciplinary horizons. In fact, in the early years, IBAM concentrated its energies almost entirely on the study of the Ancient Greek World, nowadays instead the Institute undertakes a wide range of studies extending from prehistory until modern times.

At the beginnings, a fundamental role was played by the collaboration with the University of Catania generating a long number of research activities (i.e postgraduate school of archaeological heritage, Joint projects and archaeological excavation missions, PhD programmes etc).

In many cases this approach was able to optimize the existing resources in order to promote a wider dissemination and visibility of IBAM scientific achievements and research. This collaboration is evidenced also by the agreement, signed by the two entities, which foresees a mutual sharing of spaces in Palazzo Ingrassia (within the ex-Monastrery of the Benedictines), as a sort of “archaeological academic campus”.

IBAM is located on the ground floor of the building together with the archaeological museum of Catania University; on the mezzanine floor there is the archaeological library of the Department of Humanities and finally on the first floor is located the archaeological section of the Department of Humanities of the University. This constitutes a unique specialized centre where the interaction between IBAM-CNR and the University is crucial and strategic in relation to the academic and research systems of the entities 


  

Lecce Office

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The Lecce Office is placed inside a modern building established within the “Ecotecne Monteroni” University Campus. In 2001, its former skills developed within the ex ISCOM were integrated with new and different skills thanks to the involvement of additional professional experts. As in the cases of the other IBAM offices, this merging has produced a broader disciplinary activity in research investigations.

The CNR Strategic Project entitled Cataloguing Methodologies for the Artistic and Cultural Heritage of Southern Italy (MISM-CNR Agreement, L.64. Extraordinary measures for the South of Italy) has allowed the creation of three laboratories: the Laboratory of Informatics applied to Archaeology, the Laboratory of Ancient Topography and the Laboratory on Bioarchaeology (Archaeozoology, Paleobotany, Physical Anthropology) aimed at enhancing the knowledge of the archaeological heritage, focusing on settlement patterns and on the reconstruction of ancient

landscapes. The experience gained in this context has led to a significant increase of activities in the management of computerized maps, and in the development of information systems on archaeological data for use both in the field and in museums.

On this basis, in collaboration with the South Project of the CNR, it has been possible to set up several important partnerships to prevent illegal excavation activities, establishing also a working agreement with the Carabinieri. The several agreements signed with the University of Salento were used to develop new methodologies and techniques aimed at the definition of cartographic standards in order to map archaeological sites.

In particular, thanks to a close collaboration with the Office for Automated Information Services of the Ministry of Culture, IBAM has launched a project focused on the organization of a national geographic information system with the creation of a mutual shared database.

In Puglia, the collaboration with the Soprintendenza and public authorities at local and regional level, has allowed the Institute to carry out projects with strong territorial impact as happened in Cavallino (Lecce) with the creation of the Archaeological Training laboratory and the Archaeological Park.

One of the Lecce Office’s strong points is also the presence of Laboratories working in close interaction with the Laboratories of the Strategic Project and with the staff of the University of Salento. Over the years, these synergies have implemented IBAM research lines, enlarging its studies on archaeometric analysis and physico-chemical and mineralogical research applied to stone, aiming at improving conservation measures applied to archaeology.

Recently, the “Laboratory of the characterization of materials” has been equipped with a scanning electron microscope (ESEM) having technologies applicable to microstructural characterization and composition of stone materials, and has consequently been particularly active throughout the country.


 

Potenza Office

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Today, the Potenza Office is located in the research area of Tito Scalo. The original location, in the immediate proximity of the Lagopesole Castle, seat of the Institute of international studies of Frederick II, changed over the last five years as a result of the huge management and operational costs of the building.

The previous Institute had developed studies and research on the medieval age which are still its main research lines.

Therefore, over the years, the involvement of new experts has combined its historical interests with technological and diagnostic methodologies applied not only to the monumental heritage but also to territorial contexts.

Thus, the initial humanistic approach has been combined with science and technological methodologies, allowing IBAM to expand its procedural approach in an interdisciplinary manner, encouraging its research on diagnosis in situ  for

Cultural Heritage, historical seismicity, analysis of the natural hazards to which material heritage is exposed, with allied disciplines and remote sensing and geoarchaeology.

Over the years, Potenza Office has organized scientific initiatives of high prestige, complemented by established synergies with national and international institutions and dynamic research working groups in close collaboration with the other IBAM offices.

The international archaeological mission conducted in Peru has allowed IBAM to achieve important scientific results, especially to test theadvanced IBAM methods.

 

 


  

Roma Office

  

Today, the Potenza Office is located in the research area of Tito Scalo. The original location, in the immediate proximity of the Lagopesole Castle, seat of the Institute of international studies of Frederick II, changed over the last five years as a result of the huge management and operational costs of the building.

The previous Institute had developed studies and research on the medieval age which are still its main research lines. Therefore, over the years, the involvement of new experts has combined its historical interests with technological and diagnostic methodologies applied not only to the monumental heritage but also to territorial contexts. Thus, the initial humanistic approach has been combined with science and technological methodologies, allowing IBAM to expand its procedural approach in an interdisciplinary manner, encouraging its research on diagnosis in situ  for Cultural Heritage, historical seismicity, analysis of the natural hazards to which material heritage is exposed, with allied disciplines and remote sensing and geoarchaeology.

Over the years, Potenza Office has organized scientific initiatives of high prestige, complemented by established synergies with national and international institutions and dynamic research working groups in close collaboration with the other IBAM offices.

The international archaeological mission conducted in Peru has allowed IBAM to achieve important scientific results, especially to test the advanced IBAM methods.

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