Damages to hypogeal archaeological monuments, caused by the growth of tree roots, are frequently reported in the city of Rome. Problems of compatibility between trees and underground structures may become complex in the case of historical gardens. The Jewish catacombs of Villa Torlonia show relevant conservation problems, some of them arising from damages due to root growth, and consolidating interventions seem to be urgent. Some species in the gardens, especially Ficus carica L., but also Quercus ilex L. and Pinus pinea L., have developed a strong root system, growing for many meters in lateral distance and for some meters vertically. The plants responsible for the various alterations were identified by their wood anatomy and a methodology to treat similar problems has been proposed. Data collected aim to avoid errors made in managing the plant cover of an archaeological site.

Caneva, G., Galotta, G., Cancellieri, L., Savo, V. (2009). Tree roots and damages in the Jewish catacombs of Villa Torlonia (Roma). JOURNAL OF CULTURAL HERITAGE, 10, 53-62 [10.1016/j.culher.2008.04.005].

Tree roots and damages in the Jewish catacombs of Villa Torlonia (Roma).

CANEVA, Giulia;Savo V.
2009-01-01

Abstract

Damages to hypogeal archaeological monuments, caused by the growth of tree roots, are frequently reported in the city of Rome. Problems of compatibility between trees and underground structures may become complex in the case of historical gardens. The Jewish catacombs of Villa Torlonia show relevant conservation problems, some of them arising from damages due to root growth, and consolidating interventions seem to be urgent. Some species in the gardens, especially Ficus carica L., but also Quercus ilex L. and Pinus pinea L., have developed a strong root system, growing for many meters in lateral distance and for some meters vertically. The plants responsible for the various alterations were identified by their wood anatomy and a methodology to treat similar problems has been proposed. Data collected aim to avoid errors made in managing the plant cover of an archaeological site.
2009
Caneva, G., Galotta, G., Cancellieri, L., Savo, V. (2009). Tree roots and damages in the Jewish catacombs of Villa Torlonia (Roma). JOURNAL OF CULTURAL HERITAGE, 10, 53-62 [10.1016/j.culher.2008.04.005].
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