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BACKGROUND

The ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum and villas near the Bay of Naples were buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in August A.D. 79 Ancient Pompeii stands today as a vast excavated site complete with streets, public spaces, and buildings that once served as stores, houses, public baths, and other useful facilities in what was a wealthy Roman city.

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HOW WE HELPED

In 1996, ancient Pompeii was included on WMF’s first World Monuments Watch list, and then again in 1998. From 1996 to 2002, WMF provided technical support and funding for four interventions to the overall conservation effort to protect this iconic archaeological site. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The rediscovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the mid-eighteenth century revealed the best evidence to date of ancient Roman daily life. The almost completely intact surviving evidence of Pompeii’s physical, social, artistic, spiritual, and economic existence did much to inform scholars on Roman history and shape archaeology as a scientific discipline.

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IN THE MEDIA
Pompeii’s Problems Reflect Longstanding Neglect
The New York Times, Monday, December 13, 2010