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Puglia Megalitica

Puglia Megalitica
About US

The Association ‘Puglia Megalitica’, winner of the Apulia Region competition ‘PrincipiAttivi 2012’, was born of a meeting by four young professionals with a passion for ourcultural heritage; our main objective is to make itavailable to the community, not only to the experts but also to all those people who are fascinated by the study, research and salvaging of their history and roots.

In this section of the website you can learn more about our identities and expertise …

Tiziana Resta
Tiziana Resta, president of the Association, isresponsible for the photographiccampaign and the digitalisation of the historic photographic documents.
Shehas a degree in Technologies for the Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Heritage; she developed hers kills in the field of digital reproduction, working for Centrica srl. Since 2009 she has been working with Villa I Tatti – Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, with in the area of digitalisation and classification of photographic, archival and book funds of the Berenson Library.
Francesca Marra
Francesca Marra is responsible for the research and cataloguing of the assets involved.
She has a degree in Preservation of the Cultural Heritage specialising in ‘Archaeology, Architectonics and Environment’. From 2000 to 2008 she collaborated with CNR (National Research Council) at the Laboratory for Cultural Heritage in the University of Salento, working at the digitalisation and implementation of the data produced in the archaeological campaigns carried out by the University itself.
Veronica Vernaleone
Veronica Vernaleone is responsible for the communication and relations with the institutions.
She has a degree in Preservation of the Cultural Heritage specialising in ‘History of modern and contemporary Art’; she also has a post-graduate specialisation in Management of the Cultural Heritage. She has improved her skills at the Museum ‘SigismondoCastromediano’ in Lecce and at Imago Art Gallery in London, working as a Gallery Assistant. At present she works in the organisation and the curatorship of contemporary art exhibitions.
Giovanni Spagnolo
Giovanni Spagnolo offers his technical support on applications and systems.
He has a degree in Telecommunications Engineering; he worked as a systems engineer/developer at Cluster Reply (Italian multinational IT Consultancy Company). At present he is part of the development team at MerMecS.p.a., a company that is world leader in design and implementation of signalling and control systems for the railway system.

Project
The project ‘Puglia Megalitica – a virtual journey among Dolmens and Menhirs’is aimed at the promotion of the Apulian territory and the megalithic monuments located in the region.
Only a small part of the megalithic sites is fully promoted and appreciated, despite the widespread presence of dolmens and menhirsthroughout the regional territory.
The currentlack of awareness, even at a local level, of the cultural value that these assets represent; and the lack of protection, due to the absence of regulation on many of them, has produced in most cases the alteration of the context where these assets are; in other cases it has even led to their destruction and decay.
The will to gather these contents is aimed at the rediscovery of the importance of the structures in question as a fundamental feature of our past.

This is the raison d’être for Puglia Megalitica! It aims at creating multimedia historic-artistic itineraries supported by tablet devices, thanks to which the visitors will be able to enjoy a ‘fuller’ experience,due to the multimedia content and the rendering of monumental restoration and environmental reconstruction.

Our portal offers the possibility both to access the online catalogue for consultation and find specific contents and to navigate through interactive maps and virtual itineraries.
The augmented reality application makes the megalithic sites traceable and accessible for those who are out in the field.

The work of classification started with bibliographical and archival research whichcontinued with the cataloguing and photographic campaign of dolmens and menhirs. It has the purpose of building a complete and updated database that allows the access to all the gathered contents.

In parallel to the in-situ acquisition campaign, we have also started the digitalisation of the historic photographic material with the purpose of preserving and making accessible the historic documentation preserved in the institutional archives of the territory.

The project is supported by the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Apulia, by the Operative Centre of Lecce and by the Archaeological Museum ‘SigismondoCastromediano’ in Lecce, main partners in the operation.
The purpose of the Association is to involve enthusiasts and people interested in knowing more about this topic; they will be able to partake in our activities by joining us.


Mission
Starting with research, the Association aims at divulging and promoting the knowledge of the Apulian Megalithic structures, making them enjoyable and accessible with a view to sharing them with the community and integrating them in a wider context of territorial promotion. The applied method of work intends to be also a model for the study of assets not yet suitably appreciated.