Geomaterials for Cultural Heritage



Marco Lezzerini

University of Pisa, Italy


Stefano Pagnotta

University of Pisa, Italy


Gianni Gallello

University of Valencia, Spain


In the field of Cultural Heritage conservation activities, a fundamental role is played by building and restoration materials. Among these, the class of geomaterials, i.e. produced from inorganic material available in nature, is among the most important and requires a large-scale knowledge and diffusion of innovative products, analytical techniques and methods, application in the field and its performance. In this session, we want to collect all the news on the geomaterials for Cultural Heritage, from the nanoscale to the macroscale in terms of both products, characterization methods, stability and performance in situ, case study.


Marco Lezzerini (PhD) is Associate Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology for Cultural Heritage and Environment at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Pisa. He took a MSc degree magna cum laude in Geological Sciences at the University of Pisa (1991) and a PhD in Earth Sciences (1992-1996) at the University of Pisa. He is involved in teaching activity on courses in the fields of petrographic and mineralogical disciplines and geo-mineralogical studies applied to the conservation and restoration of Cultural Heritage, and of Environmental Mineralogy. He is an expert in Applied Mineralogy and Petrology for Cultural Heritage and Environment with an interdisciplinary experience and background in natural sciences, chemical, mineralogical and petrographic material characterisation, instrumentation and new technologies. He is involved in projects in the fields of Material Sciences, Geomaterials in Cultural Heritage, Stone conservation and Archaeometry.

Dr. Pagnotta is editorial board member of Current Research in Applied Chemistry and review board member of MDPI "Minerals". Cultore della Materia in Archaeology at University of Pisa. PhD in Earth Sciences, Md in Archaeology and Bd in Conservation of Cultural Heritage. He is Junior Researcher (RTDa) at Earth Sciences Dept. at University of Pisa. Visiting scientist at the Institut für Chemie in Potsdam, at the Pure and Applied Science Department University of Urbino and at the Vinča Nuclear Institute. Author of more than 70 paper in international peer reviewed journals with HI-14.

Dr. Gianni Gallello is distinguished researcher at the Department of Prehistory, Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Valencia (Spain). Gianni research activity has been focused on the chemical analysis of soils, stones, mortars and ceramics, testing new methodological approaches to overcome some of the most significant problems facing the archaeological community in the sphere of ancient human activity fingerprint, lithic material origins, the raw material origins of mortar, provenance of ceramics and in general the identification of organic and inorganic materials in ancient remains. Gianni has a wide range of practical and analytical skills acquired working across the disciplines of Archaeology, Geology, Biology and Analytical Chemistry. Significant results from his research have been published in high impact journals.

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