There’s fresh concern about the state of the ancient Italian city of Pompeii after the collapse of two more walls at the site.
Officials blamed the falls on heavy rain. They said neither the collapsed wall along one of the site’s main streets, the Via Stabiana, nor the one in the ‘House of the Small Lupanar’ was of artistic value.
However, there have now been four incidents in a month, and opposition politicians and archaeologists have again accused the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of allowing the 2,000-year-old site to be mismanaged and fall into neglect.
The Superintendent there, Jeannette Papadopoulos, sought to play down the incidents. “These kinds of events are possible over the course of the life of a 2,000-year-old, vast archaeological site,” she said. “They should not give rise to alarmism.”
Pompeii was destroyed in AD79 when a volcanic eruption from nearby Mount Vesuvius buried the city in ash. Uncovered in the 18th Century, it’s now on the UN’s list of protected World Heritage areas. A UNESCO team has been sent to look at the conservation of the site.
Situated near modern Naples, Pompeii has been a popular tourist destination for 250 years. These days, it attracts more than 2.5 million visitors a year.
by Andy Moreton
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