Piazza Duomo in Potenza, Superintendency ignored. Ancient pasoles in landfill

POTENZA- Linear tiles of dark lava stone, smaller size and running assembly with light stone bands. Nothing as established by the Superintendency of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Basilicata. The municipal administration of Potenza went ahead with the original project, ignoring the provisions of the ministerial body, which, we recall, came into play once the works had begun, after the Municipality had seen fit to keep it in the dark. The removal of the ancient flagstones from Largo Duomo in Potenza, however, did not go unnoticed and the barrage that started in the city forced the organization to reach an agreement with the Superintendency, whose provisions, also following the legitimate involvement of the city ​​executive, have remained, despite everything, disregarded.

What was feared happened – that is, the replacement of the historic paving with banal paving. Which not even the Superintendence was able to avoid despite having committed the Client to “making all possible design changes necessary to ensure the archaeological protection of the area”. No qualified restoration of the previous work, therefore, through the conservation and recovery of the removed paving stones.
“All the floors affected by the interventions – we read in the authorization document issued by the Superintendency – must be restored, providing, where possible, for the recovery of the removed elements. Every single slab and every single porphyry cube recovered must be reassembled to the state before the interventions; the flooring to be reinstalled must be placed on a layer of damp sand”. In practice, it was necessary to proceed as for the installation of the old slabs, which had to be “drowned” in the sand if they were irregular. We then wonder what was used to lay the new tiles.

“The use, for the purpose of replacing the non-recoverable porphyry paving stones or cubes, of material with mineralogical characteristics different from that removed is not permitted – it is prescribed by the Superintendency – and the replacement of the porphyry cubes along Via Scafarelli with paving stones of new supply is permitted only in the section affected by the presence of bituminous material overlapping the porphyry cubes. The newly supplied slabs must be selected in compliance with the requirement referred to in the previous point, i.e. they must be made of identical material to that of the slabs laid in the final stretch of via Scafarelli; the bush-hammering must be carried out by hand, to an extent that guarantees public safety. The type and intensity of the same will have to be evaluated by the Legislative Decree. For the purposes of grouting, we suggest the use of material suitable for the use of the section of paving affected by the intervention (pedestrian – vehicular), colored in paste, with powder having an adequate color compared to that of the stone materials affected by the intervention. This is in consideration both of the historical value of the square and of the archaeological presences found in the area adjacent to it, referable, respectively, to the pre-existing structures of the late antique age (4th-6th century AD), which exist under the transept of the Cathedral Church, and to the multi-layered deposits (from the 7th to the 17th century AD) of an archaeological nature found in the courtyard of the Sacred Heart, during repaving works carried out in 2008″.
The letter sent by the superintendent Luigina Tomay to the Management Unit of the Municipality’s Road Office and for information to the architect Simonetta Montonato and the archaeologist Sabrina Mutino remained in the drawer, allowing the demolition of a piece of the city’s history.

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