Paper Restoration Project 2011

In the 2011 paper restoration workshop students worked on material from three sources: one was an 18th Century book printed in Greece; a manuscript from the Historic Archives of the City of San Gemini, and; another manuscript from the Historic Archives of the Dioceses of the City of Narni.

The printed book was the first project. This book is not a rare book, nor very valuable, however, its poor condition offered a good opportunity from a pedagogic point of view.  The book is missing its original binding, so the work concerned only the text block. The project involved the disassembly of the block and the signatures, the dry cleaning, the washing of the sheets, the drying and flattening, the patching of missing sections and borders with new material, as well as the consolidation of the paper wherever necessary. The final operation was the reassembly of the signatures. The text block will be reassembled next year, when the work on all the sheets is completed.

The  second project dealt with original material from the San Gemini Historic Archives. They were all single sheet manuscripts, mostly letters, from the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries. The work  involved the dry cleaning, consolidation and patching of the paper material. In the letters, the tears caused by the breaking of the seals were not repaired because the damage was the result of the intended use of the document.

The last project was  a manuscript report of a Pastoral visit done by Bishop Eroli of Narni to the nearby city of Otricoli in the 16th Century. The document was a libretto of several stitched sheets. It had serious damage from acidic ink that had perforated the paper causing  splits in the paper and sections to fall off. The material was disassembled, taking great care not to lose any additional material, was cleaned, de-acidified, and lined with tissue to consolidate the separated portions of the paper and reassembled with new string.




Ceramics Restoration Project 2013: Roman Burial Grave Goods

Field work done by students in 2013

Restoration of grave goods from the Roman burial found in Coranoni near Norcia

In 2013 a very interesting project was done: the restoration of a set of pottery that was part of the grave goods of a  recently discovered burial site near Norcia at a construction site. The finds were damaged accidentally by an excavation plow. These pieces were lent to the SGPS by the Archaeological Museum of Perugia for restoration.

Pottery typology analysis

The pottery diagnostic studies were part of a different exercise analyzing finds from the excavations done in Roman Carsulae and the Palatine in Rome.

Survey and Restoration of the Church of Santo Gemine

Survey and Restoration of the Church of Santo Gemine

The church of Santo Gemine has been rebuilt several times, and is one of the oldest churches in San Gemini. Its history is not very clear prior to the 19th century. This renovation focused on: the façade and exterior perimeter of the church were surveyed, in the gardens adjacent to the church, five test pits have been excavated and the restoration of the façade commenced in 2005 and was finished in 2010.

 The church has been rebuilt several times, and is one of the oldest churches in San Gemini. Its history is not very clear prior to the 19th century.

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Restoration of Facade of the Oratory of San Carlo

Restoration of Facade of the Oratory of San Carlo

The façade of the church is in relatively good condition, but it’s due for a round of maintenance. This will include: cleaning the stone masonry; partial pointing of the masonry joints; and the removal of any inappropriate material, such as Portland Cement mortar joints that can, over time, cause damage to the church structure.

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The San Gemini and Narni Historic Archives Project

The San Gemini and Narni Historic Archives Project

Part of the work done by students in the paper restoration workshop involves material from the historic archives of the city of San Gemini and from the historic archives of the Diocese of the city of Narni. Besides educating students on the methods of paper restoration, part of the goal of the course is to help restore and preserve historic documents in these two archives.

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Archaeological Ceramics Restoration Project

Archaeological Ceramics Restoration Project

As part of Workshop SG203B, students are involved in the study and restoration of archaeological pottery. They work on finds from classical and medieval periods coming from several sources: the excavation of the Public Baths in Carsulae, from recent excavations at the Palatine Hill in Rome, and the store rooms of the Archaeological Museum of Perugia.

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