Pompeii (Naples)

Technology to return Pompeii mystery villa to splendour

Frescos to be returned to original grandeur with laser

Technology to return Pompeii mystery villa to splendour

Pompeii (Naples), July 11 - A new laser-based technology is expected to return the frescos located in the Villa dei Misteri in Pompei to their original splendour as part of a wider renovation program of what is considered to be one of the most fascinating remains contained in the town, the Italian archeology superintendent said Thursday. The ancient town of Pompeii was buried by a volcanic eruption from nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The superintendent, which is the government department responsible for historical and artistic buildings, said particular attention during the renovation would be paid to the cycle of paintings that have brought world-wide fame to the so-called ''Villa of Mysteries''. It will be the first time that laser treatment is to be used in such a large and important context, and will permit the efficient removal of the protective layers applied to the frescos over the centuries. Pompeii has often been the focus of outcries for the derelict status of some of its ruins. There have been cave-ins and collapses in recent years, leading to growing concern about Italy's ability to protect the 2,000-year-old site from further decay.

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