(Università di Siena, Dipartimento di Scienze Storiche e dei Beni Culturali, Laboratorio di Archeologia dell’Architettura, Siena, Italy)
Keywords: Documentation, Record, 3D Recostruction, Cultural Heritage
Postmedieval kilns are archaeological structures document a producing activity actually disappeared; an exemplar case is the Certaldo area (nearby Florence), where the tiles and bricks’ production was developed in the end of the XVII century and carried on until the 1950s’, isolated from the industrial production. The kilns were owned by the great farm estates ruling the land, and they were used for the internal need of tiles and bricks in case of restoration, maintenance, building of new residence structures.
Notwithstanding the continuity of the use up almost until nowadays, and the still living memory of old local people, the Certaldo’s kilns are left abandoned, and there’s the concrete rick of loosing these capital witnesses of the productive cicle, a real archaeological witness were other sources are lacking.
The kilns’ material structures, without any protection, have been heavily trasformed and sometimes destroide, or in better cases they have been restored with intervention tha have erased their archaeological shape.
To record such structures, with the use of softwares that allow a 3D reconstruction, is the first step towards the safeguard and a porject for the preservation and the enlightment of this alas forgotten cultural patrimony.