Pompeii needs daily maintenance, not restoration, expert says

A restorer works in the ancient Roman city Pompeii, which was buried in AD 79 by an eruption of the...

A restorer works in the ancient Roman city Pompeii, which was buried in AD 79 by an eruption of the Vesuvius volcano, February 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Ciro De Luca)

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Day-to-day maintenance in Pompeii is being ignored, causing it to crumble faster than it should, one expert says.

On Saturday, stones fell from an arch at the Temple of Venus and a wall collapsed after heavy rains, the Telegraph reports.

Maria Pia Guermandi, a Pompeii expert with the group Italia Nostra, said EU funding is going to large restoration projects in the city rather than daily maintenance.

"Nothing is being done to reduce the risk of rain," she told the paper's Italy correspondent. "

The EU money is being focused on the restoration of a few important houses, but Pompeii doesn't need expert restorers, it needs workmen who can provide daily maintenance. These two new collapses show the situation is still out of control."

The EU pledged millions to restore Pompeii in 2010 after the House of the Gladiators collapsed.

Pompeii was buried in ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavation of the city started in 1748.

 


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