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THE MODERN RESTORATIONS IN POMPEII

The House of Loreius Tiburtinus
The House of Loreius Tiburtinus, after the restorations. Detail of the fountain with the frescos

In 1980, a few days before the tremendous earthquake which provoked serious damage to houses in Pompeii, fortunately a photo campaign of the entire archaeological area had just finished: 18,000 frames were taken. With the arrival of substantial, although not exhaustive funding, a team of restorers has made a number of interventions, including the consolidation of walls. They havenít used reinforced concrete anymore, causing irreversible damage, but also materials used in antiquity as wood, bricks and mortar.
Regarding the roofs of buildings, the archaeologists gear the solutions to the different cases: where it is possible, they opt for a philological reconstruction of the roofs. When the archaeologists have only a vague idea of the building, they prefer a proposal restoration. Where there is no trace of the original roof, an umbrella-shaped coverage is constructed to protect the building from the weather.