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Title: The Żejtun Roman Villa: conservation issues
Other Titles: The Żejtun Roman Villa: research, conservation , management
Authors: Cassar, JoAnn
De Angelis, Roberta
Keywords: Roman Villa (Żejtun, Malta)
Żejtun (Malta) -- History
Archaeology -- Malta -- Żejtun
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Wirt iż-Żejtun
Citation: Cassar, J., & De Angelis, R. (2012) The Żejtun Roman Villa: conservation issues. In R. Abela (Eds.), The Żejtun Roman Villa: research - conservation - management (pp. 42-47). Żejtun : Wirt iż-Żejtun.
Abstract: This paper deals with conservation issues in relation to the residential area of the Roman Villa complex, consisting of four adjoining rooms paved with lozenge-shaped tiles, and enclosed by walls with remains of plaster, some bearing traces of paint. Multi-disciplinary studies in this respect are being carried out by the Department of the Built Heritage of the University of Malta. These studies have included the documentation and mapping of the current state of conservation of the floors and walls, drawn up by the students of the Bachelor degree in Conservation and Restoration Studies (University of Malta) and conservators from Heritage Malta. Documentation is always the first step in a conservation programme. Here it primarily helped the team to understand the distribution of deterioration, assess the causes of deterioration, both natural and anthropogenic, of these areas. Environmental monitoring, which will continue even after a protective shelter has been built, is currently under way. A research programme is now being carried out to choose the best herbicide to tackle the growth of vegetation on the site, and another programme will help choose appropriate grouting material and mortars to consolidate the loose remains of plaster. Following the completion of these measures, a maintenance plan will be put in place to ensure the continued conservation of the site.
Description: The Żejtun Villa Conservation Project started as a result of a conversation between a research assistant at the University of Malta, Maxine Anastasi, and a former executive president of Din l-Art Ħelwa, Martin Galea in 2008. Since then the Project developed thanks to a number of partnerships, involving students, professionals and volunteers: at the University of Malta, the Departments of Classics and Archaeology and the Department of the Built Heritage; at HSBC, the HSBC Malta Foundation and the bank employees who volunteered to clear the site in 2011 (co-ordinated by Martin Scicluna, Josef Camilleri, Doriette Camilleri); at Din l-Art Ħelwa, successive presidents and council members (especially Martin Galea, Petra Bianchi, Simone Mizzi, Martin Scicluna, Maria Grazia Cassar); at Santa Margherita College (formerly Carlo Diacono Secondary School), particularly the current headmistress (Anna Spiteri) and the previous one (Maria Ciappara), together with the College Principal (Janet Mifsud) and the Foundation for Tomorrow’s Schools (Charles Farrugia), and the Science teacher Anthea Barbara, who is coordinating the NSTF project on herbicides with students from the college. The students following the Bachelors degree course in Conservation and Restoration Studies at the University of Malta involved in documenting the state of conservation of the remains under the supervision of Perit Ruben Abela and conservators Frank Chetcuti, James Licari, Ruby Jean Cutajar, Joanne Dimech were: Clayton Bonello, Chiara Galea, Claire Marie Scerri, Annetto Schembri, Francesco Sultana, Luca Tufigno, Jane Marie Vella. The rectified photographs were taken by Hermann Bonnici and Joanna Hili Micallef is producing the ACAD drawings. Charlene Zammit is a final year BE&A student who is studying herbicides for possible use on the site; Stephanie Sammut from Heritage Malta is also helping in this area. The Project is being undertaken with the permission of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage; we thank Anthony Pace and Nathaniel Cutajar for their interest and help.
ISBN: 9789995703790
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