Date: 20 Mar 2012

Traditional Masonry Techniques and Characterization of Materials: The Mezzaspiaggia Tower (Cagliari, Sardinia)

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The objects of this study are some towers situated in the geographical area of Cagliari, belonging to the Sardinia coastal defense system realized between the 16th and the beginning of the seventeenth century. This architectural organization, very rich and articulated, is full of historical and cultural significance, being the expression of traditional human activities. Even so, it is actually in a progressive state of degradation, having lost, since nineteenth century, a role in our society. Starting with this preamble, that is, with the purpose of warranting better preservation and management of similar cultural heritage examples, this article illustrates the results of an in-depth analysis concerning the above mentioned structures, following an interdisciplinary approach. Specifically, the research has been carried out integrating historical-archaeometric methodologies with mineralogical-petrographic as well as geochemical methods.