Following the institution, with D.P.R. 29 dicembre 2000, n. 441, of the Directorate-General for  the Archaeological Heritage (later, with D.P.R. 2 luglio 2009, n. 91, for the antiquities) central acivities of protection and coordination of archaeological heritage have been entrusted to technical executives of great experience and recognized prestige.

Since 2001, the Directorate has been headed by:

Giuseppe Proietti

From May 11, 2001 to August 1, 2004

Giuseppe Proietti

Archaeologist, he directed many museums in Southern Etruria. As Director-General he headed the Superintendence-General for the Post-Seismic Restoration of the Cultural Heritage in Campania and Basilicata; the Directorate-General for the Environmental Heritage and the Landscape; the Directorate-General for the Archaeological Heritage. He became afterwards Head of the Department for the Research, Innovation and Organization and - ad interim - Head of the Departments for the Cultural Heritage and the Landscape, for the Archives and Libraries, and for the Entertainment and Sport.

Later he was Secretary-General of the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities, and finally Superintendent for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome, and - ad interim - of Naples and Pompeii.

Manager in remarkable restoration projects in China, India, Iran, Iraq and Egypt, he is a teacher at School of Specialization in Monuments Restoration, “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

He is author of books about pre-roman architecture, Etruscan art, post-seismic restoration methods, cultural heritage economy, restoration of sites registered in the Unesco World Heritage List.

Currently he is CEO at Ales S.p.A..

Anna Maria Reggiani

From August 2, 2004 to July 31, 2007

Anna Maria Reggiani

Inspector archaeologist with several offices at Superintendences for the Archaeological Heritage of Latium and then of Rome, she afterwards headed up the Superintendence for the Archaeological Heritage of Latium. Designed as Director-General for the Archaeological Heritage, she held that chair before taking the one of Director-Regional of the Cultural Heritage and the Landscape of Abruzzo, where she faced the first post-earthquake emergency, involving herself in the cultural renaissance of that region.

As member of several scientific committees, she was particularly concerned with archaeology, history of ancient art, and cultural heritage.

She currently hold the chair of Cultural Heritage Law at the “G. D’Annunzio” University of Chieti and Pescara.

Stefano De Caro

From August 1, 2007 to November 31, 2010

Stefano De Caro

As Archaeologist inspector he worked for the Superintendence for Archaeological, Environmental, Artistic and Historical Heritage of Molise, and for the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Caserta. Later transferred to Superintendence-General for the Post-Seismic Restoration of the Cultural Heritage in Campania and Basilicata.

He became Superintendent for the Archaeological Heritage of the provinces of Naples and Caserta, before his appointment as Superintendent-Regional for the Cultural Heritage and Activities of Campania, office afterwards evolved into Director-Regional for the Cultural Heritage and the Landscape.

At last he was Director-General for the Archaeological Heritage (later, for the Antiquities).

Author of several books on archaeology, topography and land-system, ancient history of art and cultural heritage, he directed online scientific journals. Teacher in different universities, finally of Ancient Topography at the Naples Federico II University, he is currently Director of ICCROM.

Luigi Malnati

From December 1, 2010 to July, 2014

Luigi Malnati

As inspector archaeologist of Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Emilia-Romagna, he held considerable offices, directing the Operative Centre of Reggio-Emilia and the National Etruscan Museum of Marzabotto.

He held office of Archaeologist Superintendent of Marche, Veneto, Lombardy ad interim, and lastly of Emilia-Romagna, with constant attention to territorial realities, looking out for activities of archaeological heritage enhancement and enjoyment.

As member of the Council for the archaeological heritage of Autonomous Province of Trento, he had specific authority on archaeological issues.

In addition to several lectureships, he carried out remarkable scientific activities, and produced many publications about North-Italy prehistory, about etruscology, mainly focusing on the urban formation, as well as about heritage protection, museology, urban archaeology and preventive archaeology.

At the moment, he is the Director-General for the Antiquities in office.