New renovation works were carried out in 2021 at the collapsed storeroom from the archaeological camp at the ancient city of Histria, Romania, where rebuilding activities had been started by Eurocentrica in 2019 and in 2020. The main objectives aimed by the researchers – the enhancement of the storage capacity of the mobile archaeological heritage, as well as a new space configuration which will allow the preliminary study of artefacts in optimal conditions – were thus mostly reached, although there are still many finishes that should be done and much secondary scientific equipment that should be acquired.
The renovation works of this year, whose beneficiary was the Museum of National History and Archaeology of Constanţa, who administers the archaeological camp of Histria, took place in the project “Support for the archeological research at the ancient city of Histria 2020”, funded through the main sponsorship provided by Trident Pharma Ltd. and several other donations and volunteering activities of individuals.
In 2021, the storeroom walls received their first layer of plaster as well as outdoor ground protection. Some actions were carried out for connecting the storeroom to the electricity grid. Metal shelves for artifacts were also bought and installed, whereas a wooden shed was built in the courtyard for protecting the architectural stone objects that cannot be preserved in the storeroom.
The previous works consisted of the renovation of the storeroom walls in 2019 and the renewal of the roof and the addition of new doors and windows in 2020. Moreover, in 2020, the floors of the rooms where artifacts are stored were repaired or replaced and the courtyard was cleaned and got a new fence, which helps protect the archaeological heritage.
A large number of artifacts have already found their place in the storeroom or in the courtyard.
Nonetheless, more renovation work and more equipment are needed for rendering the small complex wholly functional for inventorying, registering and primarily studying the artifacts. Activities of this kind are planned for 2022.
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