Debate erupts over cement used in Roman Forum restoration

Archaeologists are questioning the use of cement in the restoration of the Temple of Peace in Rome’s Roman Forum.

The ruins of the Roman Forum, Rome.

The ruins of the Roman Forum, Rome. Image by Son of Groucho / CC BY 2.0

Cement has been used to re-erect and reinforce seven columns of highly prized pink granite, which were originally used to build the temple in AD 75, but architect Sandro Maccallini has claimed the restoration includes ‘a totally fake column, with a fake base, with a fake core and a capital that is probably fake’. Rome city council’s arts and culture department argues that they are using accepted archaeological techniques. Read more: 

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