Set up in 2001 thanks to the enthusiastic support of david packard by the packard humanities institute the project combines conservation research and public outreach in an innovative way it is led by professor andrew wallace hadrill of the faculty of classics. Herculaneum conservation project the cities and villas buried by vesuvius in ad 79 were gradually revealed by excavation campaigns in modern times and represent archaeological heritage of exceptional importance not only as a testimony to roman ways of life but also for the history of their discovery restoration and visitation from the grand tour until today.
This project aims to address conservation issues of decorated architectural surfaces at herculanuem through a pilot project to study and conserve the decorated architectural surfaces in the tablinum of the house of the bicentenary through background research environmental monitoring and climate improvement strategies scientific study preventive and remedial treatment planning testing implementation.
The herculaneum conservation project. The herculaneum conservation project has been working at the archaeological site of herculaneum since 2001 to protect enhance and manage this unique place and its relationship to the surrounding area. To address conservation issues of the decorated architectural surfaces in the tablinum the gci in collaboration with the herculaneum conservation project and the archaeological park of herculaneum initiated a pilot project to study with and conserve the decorated surfaces that follows a methodological approach consisting of the following iterative steps that can be applied to wall paintings showing similar problems in the vesuvian region. The herculaneum conservation project hcp has now raised herculaneum s profile conserved the site and become a model of best practice.
The team is made up of public heritage officers with a wider team of specialists who work together on site all year round. Conservation of the tablinum of the house of the bicentenary. Herculaneum conservation project as a joint project led by the packard humanities institute and the soprintendenza speciale per i beni archaeologici di napoli e pompeii with the british school at rome the project has worked since 2001 to halt the serious decay conditions which were found at the site.