Text, materiality and multiculturalism at the crossroads of the ancient Mediterranean
Prof. Paolo Mazzoleni
Professor of Mining, Geo-resources and Mineralogical-petrographic research for the Environment and Cultural Heritage
University of Catania
Paolo Mazzoleni is Professor of Mining, Geo-resources and Mineralogical-petrographic Research for the Environment and Cultural Heritage at the University of Catania, where he has been the president of the graduate school in Geological Science since 2012. He has served as chairman of the Italian Conference of the Directors of the B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology and Geophysics since 2014. Paolo has over twenty years’ experience in using petrographic analysis for cultural heritage preservation. Between 2001 and 2020 he co-ordinated nine University of Catania projects, largely on the use of petrography for enhancing the preservation of cultural heritage and he will provide advice and guidance in these areas to the Crossreads Team.
He has served as Pl on two PRIN (EC Research Projects of National Relevance) projects:
‘The stones of the Italian historical heritage: knowledge aimed at conservation. Verification of methodologies and applications to significant urban and territorial cases’ (1999)
‘Identification of the application fields of innovative non-destructive and micro-destructive methods in the analysis of ceramic of historical-archaeological interest through the systematic comparison with traditional methodologies’ (2007).
In addition, he has contributed to a project at the Rutherton Laboratory on the non-invasive ND characterization of archaeological findings from Messina (2008), as well as four projects at the Laboratoire Leon Brillouin, Cea-Saclay (France): two on the mesoscopic structural parameters in archeological pottery samples from Sicily and two on the suitability of consolidant and protective products on Sicilian calcarenite (2015).