March 9th, 2012 by Sarah F. Sharpe
The Regione Lazio is giving serious consideration to a plan to create a new 400-acre garbage dump very close to Hadrian’s Villa, the World Heritage site near Tivoli, Italy. A group of concerned scholars and cultural heritage professionals from North America and Europe has posted an online petition to express our strong opposition to the plan. In a few short days, we have gathered over 1,100 signatures. Below are listed some of the people who have already signed and whom you may know.
Articles are starting to appear in the Italian press about our petition, which is being cited with approval by the opposition forces in the battle. These include, among many others, the City of Tivoli and the Italian Ministry of Culture. CBS News has a nice segment about the story which you can view at: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500202_162-57349208/stink-raised-over-landfill-at-ancient-rome-site/
The decision about this irresponsible plan will soon be made. Time is short. Please follow the link below and add your name to our petition:
People you may know who have already signed the petition:
Andreae, Bernard: Professor für Archäologie, Direktor des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Rom i. R.
Arnold-Biucchi: Damarete Curato of Ancient Coins, Harvard Art Museums
Bagnall, Roger: Professor of Ancient History and Leon Levy Director, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
Bartman, Elizabeth: President, Archaeological Institute of America
Brennan, T. Corey: Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge, Classical School, Accademia Americana in Roma
Chiappetti, Daniela: Presidente del Consiglio II Municipio Comune Roma
Clayman, Dee: Professor of Classicsm Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Past President of the American Philological Association.
Davis, Lindsey: famous author and winner of the 2010 Premio Colosseo of the Comune di Roma (Greenwich, UK)
Degli Esposti, Lorenzo: Direttore, Architectural & Urban Forum, Milano
Ebbinghaus, Susanne: Curator of Ancient Art, Harvard University Art Museums
Furtwängler, Andreas: Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Halle (Germany); son of the conductor Adolf Furtwängler
Giuliani, Fulvio Cairoli: Professore Emerito, Università Roma Sapienza. Professor Giuliani is the world’s foremost expert on Roman building technique. He has worked for many decades at Villa Adriana.
Gruen, Erich: Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, University of California, Berkeley
Hupperetz, Wim: Director, Allard Pierson Archaeological Museum, Amsterdam
Meier, Richard: Architect and Pritzger Prize Winner
Quilici, Lorenzo: Professore Ordinario, Dipartimento di Archeologia, Università di Bologna. Prof. Quilici is the foremost authority on the archaeology of Lazio in antiquity.
Reggiani, Anna Maria: Former Soprintendente, Soprintendenza Archeologica per il Lazio
Rose, C. Brian: Director, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania; former President, Archaeological Institute of America
Sandberg, Kaj: Former Director, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae
Smith, Christopher: Director, British School at Rome
Stanish, Charles: Director, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA
Vidler, Anthony: Dean, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, Cooper Union (New York)
Wallace-Hadrill, Andrew: Master of Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge; former Director of the British School at Rome
Zeitlin, Froma: Professor Emerita, Department of Classics, Princeton University