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What is being done to preserve Pompeii?

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Pompeii is being preserved with an attention to detail that even the Romans would be proud of.

Asked by: Sarah Fox, Australia

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The main threat to the already excavated buildings and mosaics is moisture, which attacks the plaster and mortar. But Pompeii has attracted the best archaeological conservationists from around the world. In 2012, a 10-year project began installing protective roofs, removing existing moisture and researching the chemical structure of ancient plasters. There is also a moratorium on new archaeological excavations.


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