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The collaboration between the Italian Society for Archaeoastronomy and the Archaeological Superintendences
E. Antonello


There is an increasing interest of the italian 'Soprintendenze Archeologiche' (Archaeological Superintendences) in the collaboration with the Italian Society for Archaeoastronomy for the study of characteristics such as alignments and sky representations in archaeological remains and finds; the Superintendences are the scientific and operational structures of the italian Ministry for Culture and Cultural Heritage, responsible for the study and preservation of archaeological sites on local and regional scale. On the one hand, this is a good news, since archaeologists appear increasingly sensitive to the 'astronomical' aspects of the archaeological remains, as shown by their requests for such a collaboration. On the other hand, more resources and professional scholars are needed in order to satisfy the requests. The on-going archaeoastronomical projects in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendence of Roma, Lazio, Puglia, Basilicata and Molise, covering a period from the late Neolithic to the Roman Empire, are briefly described.