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Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology

Methods, Techniques, Interpretations and Field Examples


Edited By Amina-Aïcha Malek

The Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology addresses the increasing need among archaeologists, who discover a garden during their own excavation project, for advice and update on current issues in garden archaeology. It also aims at stimulating broader interest in garden archaeology. Archaeologists with no specific training in garden archaeology will read about specific problems of soil archaeology with a handful of well-developed techniques, critical discussions and a number of extremely different uses. Methods are described in sufficient detail for any archaeologist to engage into field work, adapt them to their own context and develop their own methodology. While the Sourcebook aims at bringing together different disciplines related to garden archaeology and providing an overview of present knowledge, it also hopes to encourage development of new directions for the future.


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Part VI Historic Gardens and Garden Archaeology 513


Part VI Historic Gardens and Garden Archaeology The sixth part of the volume is an essay on the role of archaeology in garden conservation, management, and restoration. Several decades ago garden archaeology has proved to be an essential requirement to any intervention on historical gardens. Giorgio Galletti, a landscape designer who restored the gardens of the villa Medici in Rome and the Boboli Garden in Florence, presents the recent discussions on the relationship between garden conservation and archaeology. Through his personal experiences he presents and argues his standpoint regarding the current debates that oscillate between two opposite views: The one that sees in garden archaeology a means to restore and reconstruct gardens and the other that considers that garden archaeology should be regarded as an “independent discipline” and not be solely subjugated to the service of restoration. In addition to the issues at stake when restoring gardens, Galletti presents a wealth of valuable information for the reader to reflect on, as he clarifies the terminology used by the professionals, comments on the text of the Charter of Florence, and discusses the turning points of the history of garden conservation. (AAM) Chapter 1 Preservation, Conservation, and Garden Archaeology Giorgio GALLETTI This paper does not intend to provide a record of those projects of preservation or restoration of historic gardens in which archaeology played a primary role. Rather, it will focus on some study cases that reflect the now-established experience in treatment of gardens. Thanks to this vital experience, it will be...

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