#no18maggio If archaeology is just pastime

A.A.A. Professionals refused

Until some time ago, we greeted almost with pleasure the fact that the State organized periodic free receipts in museums: we greeted the attention to culture, the willingness to make it accessible to all, to open the doors to citizens. This time something has changed: this time the White night of the museums that will take place on May 18 has become a boomerang against the culture. It was enough that @g_gattiglia launched on Twitter the hashtag #no18maggio, wondering if it was right that archaeology is left in the hands of amateurs, that immediately a wave overwhelmed the initiative, even reaching the “secret rooms ” of those who Decision took it and despite everything continues to defend it.

On May 18th the museums will be open thanks to the volunteers: Italy is the country that has made the third sector, that of volunteering, a point of diamond in front of the whole world. But if 50 years ago, when there was not even the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the archaeological excavation made by amateurs was a good pastime, today continue to think in these terms is a devastation of the discipline: volunteering must return to be a A positive resource for the cultural movement, it cannot be the piece that takes away the work of the professionals more than they already do not remove them incompetent and political administrators even more incompetent than them.

Let’s be clear: the whole chain of BB. CC. is now water from all sides. The archaeologist is a random figure, legally unrecognized, officially non-existent (who can be said an archaeologist? Respond to the poll sponsored by the CIA and you will find that for many you just have a degree seasoned with a little ‘ experience and you are already archaeologists, as if a surgeon can be such with a simple degree in medicine and some belly open to someone!), professionally Mistreated and often even insulted at the civil level. Have you ever known insulted archaeologists because hired by a museum where until the day before they worked volunteers, who feel “threatened” by the arrival of the trader? Have you, archaeologists, ever had to jump over backwards to have to take a heck of a picture at a find and discover that then the museum pays photographic products of the Fife made by people who are going to photography as cabbage to snack? To me more than several times, unfortunately.

Let’s face it all, too many people are comfortable in the BB field. CC. Meritocracy is non-existent, almost spat: it is comfortable because who is in the round, has the doctorate insured, has the commissions of the Superintendencies insured, has the hooks and the right adconnections at least to pull to the campare. And if you’re not around, well, worse for you, because you have to find yourself competing with the volunteer: but it works for free because it is a pastime for him, while for you it means bringing the bread home. So maybe the excavation make him do the voluntary associations, which of course will destroy everything and publish zero, because under the guidance of archaeologists that when it is good to have a normal degree and technically not even the right to be Considered as scientific excavation directors. Role that naturally covers some inspector of the Superintendency, so that he is guaranteed the publication somewhere, the rest in Ramengo. There is also wonder why the excavation must be a matter of construction companies, and not of archaeologists, another theme that perhaps one day will need to discuss.


On May 18 is the mortification of culture: because henpecks the professionals and exploits the volunteers. ENOUGH with this history of the free entrances to the museums and then to be told that there is no money. If this money is not there, why do we want at all costs to free the people in museums by asking people to keep them open voluntarily, without pay even flat, or without overtime? Why is it not possible to simply charge the reduced admission or at least a lump sum of some euros? In This country we want the full barrel and the drunken wife: we think that culture is a fact only prerogative of the state, which must at all costs guarantee it. Have you ever wondered how it is possible that they remain open museums that have 1 only paying visitor a year? How is it possible that you spend €50,000 salaries in the face of €3 in cash? As Gian Antonio Stella wrote, one account is to say that culture must not self-nourish itself because it is not a profit-making, another account is to say that it should only weigh on the coffers of the state. Which to keep museums open spends more than 70% of the overall budget, i.e. museums are only 30% self-sufficient, while abroad this percentage is reversed. Merit of those who think that every village must have its museum, and people handcuffed with municipal administrations that manage to get approved projects whose business plan is bankrupt only to read the title (The history of MAV in Campania is enlightening under This profile). But you are told that culture is important, but important for whom?

Now the culture declines only in economic terms: you have to enhance the BB. CC. But not to give work to the professionals of the culture, only to increase the tourists and to fattize the induced. We need culture to feed hoteliers, restaurators, tour operators, etc. But when is the archeologists ‘ turn coming? The real ones I mean, the pros, not the fur ladies who go on a grand Tour in the nineteenth century way. Paul Gull said that culture is a serious thing and as such must be done to manage professionals. What is even sadder is that not even the enhancement is left to them (which in turn in the past have Schifata), but entrusted to improvised companies, which failed on the traditional market try to recycle in the BB. CC., and maybe someday someone will have to decide to write a few words about the absurd apps that run on the online stores and that are often passed as the non-plus ultra of technological innovation in culture. And you will excuse my French if I say that many of these applications suck bananas: Believe me if this expression is all too euphemistic. Why does the 3D reconstructions have to do Paco Lanciano? Why do virtual tours have to make them makeshift accountants who are fortunate enough to be well-cuffed? Or even volunteers who in the evening have read some tutorials on the net and the day have put themselves to write apps for smartphones with the consent of the museum director? Is it possible that many archaeologists who are perfectly able to do these things are not one that is called at least to cooperate? Of course with a minimum of pay, because to be called to cooperate at a free level does not solve anything.


Will this May 18 the drop that will make the vase overflow? What will make us realize that if Pompeii collapses is not only the fault of politicians but also of those who administer Pompeii? Because the south complains about the lack of economic funds, but then tens of billions of the European Union return to Brussels because those who do not know how to spend it? Except then even refuse to give you a permit to do a free job and you would also give the institution on duty! Why do we do international petitions, punctually deprecating our country in front of the whole world, for the landfill of Villa Adriana, but we do not make international petitions against the way in which the cultural good is managed in Italy? Against the bold use of volunteering, to the detriment of professionals more and more frequently annihilated, underpaid when charged and insulted in their profession. All right, the Open data will help us to clean up the most glaring incompetence, but that day who knows what will be left of culture on a professional level and what instead of culture as a pastime, culture as grand Tour, culture as a trip out It brings on Sundays, of culture like football matches on the meadows of the Reggia di Caserta, with peddlers, fortune-teller and even dealers (all of which naturally enter free of charge).