Mariapaola MONTI / Giuseppe MAINO
(University of Bologna, Ravenna campus, Ravenna, Italy)

Abstract: The video clip presents the excavations in the center of Ravenna town that resulted in the casual findings of Roman mosaics belonging to an urban domus. A digital restoration and reconstruction of these mosaics is further show as an example of innovative procedure as a basis for deepened studies and for popularization of this kind of archaeological findings.
During the excavations carried out in summer 2011 by Hera (a multiutility company that deals with the management of water, energy and waste in Emilia Romagna) in Piazza Anita Garibaldi in Ravenna for the making of new underground waste containers for the separate collection, five rooms decorated with mosaic floors were found, probably dating to the early Roman Empire (I-II century A.D.). The mosaics were removed for restoration and musealization, however – given the size of the gaps – it would not be possible to reintegrate them in a traditional restoration without creating arbitrary reconstructions. For this reason we opted for a digital reconstruction of the gaps, making some virtual restoration hypothesis for the recovered mosaics; in this way it is possible to grasp the trend of the figuration how it could have been in the past. This video shows how the virtual restoration has been carried out.

Keywords: mosaics, Roman villa, digital restoration