The cities of Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum are among the best-known and best-loved archaeological sites in the world. Yet the remains are as fragile as they are exciting.
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, former Director of the Herculaneum Conservation Project, looks back on the challenges and revelations of a project which, for 15 years, has battled to preserve the remains of Herculaneum.
Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill is former Director of the British School at Rome (1995-2009). He has written about many aspects of Roman history and archaeology, including Pompeii and Herculaneum, and was Director from its inception in 2001 of the Herculaneum Conservation Project. He is now based at the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, where he is Principal Investigator of a European-funded project on the Impact of the Ancient City.