The Acropolis of Athens: Recent Analysis and Conservation

  • 26 Mar 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • B3, Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th St. School of Design, University of Pennsylvania


Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The Acropolis of Athens: Recent Analysis and Conservation
Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Crete and Associated Researcher at IESL-FORTH
Architect, MSc "Monuments protection" NTUA
Director of The Acropolis Restoration Service Hellenic Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports
6:00 PM, Meyerson Hall, Upper Gallery

210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Co-Sponsored by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation
and The University Seminars Program of the Onasis Foundation

An extended restoration program has been in progress on the Monuments of the Athenian Acropolis since 1975. The project is carried out by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports in order to confront the significant preservation problems that are due to natural causes (i.e. earthquakes) or human activities (i.e. fires, bombardments or shortfalls of earlier restorations). The interventions are imbued with the spirit of the "Charter of Venice" and follow the principle of reversibility. Effort is placed to keep the original construction form of the monuments. New marble is used for supplements, only as to ensure the structural stability of the buildings, while iron clamps and dowels are being replaced by reinforcements made of titanium. The authentic relief and sculptures are transported to the Acropolis Museum and replaced by casts in artificial stone, while scattered architectural fragments identified as belonging to the monuments are reset in their original or a corresponding position.

The presentation will portray the restoration programs that are completed (i.e. the Erechteion, the Temple of Athena Nike, the central building of the Propylaia and four of the twelve programs of the Parthenon) and outline the projects currently underway at the Propylaia and the Parthenon.

Demetrios Anglos is Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry, University of Crete and Associated Researcher at IESL-FORTH. His research activities concentrate on the photophysics of molecules and nanoparticles and on the applications of laser spectroscopic techniques in the analysis of materials in works of art and archaeological objects with emphasis on the development of novel methodology and instrumentation. The output of his research is presented in over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals and in several talks (15 invited) at major international conferences. He has been involved in several EU and national funded research projects. He has also co-ordinated a multi-site Marie-Curie Early Stage Training project (Advanced Training in Laser Sciences; 2004-2008). Since 2001 he's been serving as the technical manager of the Ultraviolet Laser Facility operating at IESL-FORTH, which is currently a member of LASERLAB-EUROPE a network linking 26 major European laser infrastructures. He is teaching Physical Chemistry (Molecular Spectroscopy) and an advanced laboratory course on modern laser-based research in Chemistry and Materials Science. He has supervised several undergraduate and graduate research thesis projects (10 diploma, 6 MSc, 3 PhD). As of fall 2012 he is a member of the Editorial Board of Heritage Science, a new open access journal published by Chemistry Central.

Vasiliki Eleftheriou is an MSc graduate from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens, specialized in matters concerning the Protection of Monuments. She works at the Ministry of Education, Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports. From 1988 to 2005 she was in charge of the restoration works of the Lindos Acropolis, and from 2006 to 2011 she has been working in the Athens Acropolis Restoration Service on the Restoration project of the Parthenon. Since December 2011 she has been Director of the Acropolis Restoration Service. She has participated in many conferences and has contributed many papers on the subject of protection and management of National Heritage. She is a member of the Committee for the Conservation and rehabilitation of the Monuments of the Lindos Acropolis, the Committee for supervising the work "Display of the Ancient Theatre of Lindos", the Committee of the Journal of Archaeology and Ancient Architecture "Thiasos" of the Universities of Sapienza & Bari, member of the Centre of Literature and the Arts of the Dodecanese, the Panhellenic Union of Architects and the Technical Chamber of Greece.