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Online Petition against Circular No. 4/2019 issued by the Directorate of Archeology, Fine Arts, and Landscape of Italy (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism)

Other initiatives Posted on Fri, May 17, 2019 10:01:27

Associazione Italiana del Georadar (an Italian association dedicated to the Ground Penetrating Radar technique,, chaired by Raffaele Persico) has launched an online petition against Circular No. 4/2019, recently emitted by the Italian Directorate of Archaeology, Fine Arts, and Landscape (Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism).
Circular No. 4/2019 regulates the procedures that must be followed when requesting an authorization to carry out non-invasive investigations involving the Italian archaeological heritage. Associazione Italiana del Georadar believes that such procedures are not well thought, they include too many useless bureaucratic steps, and may take a very long time to complete, which is incompatible with the timing of most national and international calls for research project proposals. Moreover, Circular No. 4/2019 imposes restrictions and bans to the organization of Training Schools and university courses that include practical activities in Italian archaeological sites. It is therefore apparent that the petition against Circular No. 4/2019 is of high interest not only for Italian scientists, GPR experts, and students, but also for colleagues and students from other countries, if not for everyone, given that the archaeological heritage of Italy is world heritage.
On the website of Associazione Italiana del Georadar (, more information is available. The full text of Circular No 4/2019 and its translation to English can be downloaded, along with a series of comments written by the Management Board of Associazione Italiana del Georadar. There is also a video where Raffaele Persico explains his opinion about Circular No. 4 and the reasons for the petition.
The petition can be signed here:
We kindly invite you to support the petition by signing and spreading the voice.


Other initiatives Posted on Fri, February 15, 2019 15:47:07

Dear all, as probably most of you already know, it is
starting a new cost action called SAGA (the Soil Science & Archaeo-Geophysics
Alliance: going beyond prospection), CA 17131. There is the first
meeting in Crete on March 4-6 and I am going. Within this cost action, I would
like to develop some studies on the positioning of high frequency GPR antennas
on vertical surfaces. If someone is interested in possible collaborations with
me on this topic please let me know: I am looking for interested people.


Raffaele Persico