Herculaneum, Italy - 2 August, 2012: Toursists observe the frescoes in the College of the Augustales in the archeological site of Herculaneum, Italy, on 2 August, 2012.
The Herculaneum Conservation Project (HCP) is a public/private initiative launched in 2001 for the conservation and enhancement of the archaeological site of Herculaneum. This ancient Roman city in Italy was destroyed and buried along with Pompeii by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It has a history of excavation dating back to the early eighteenth century.
The project was set up by David W. Packard of the Packard Humanities Institute, together with Pietro Giovanni Guzzo of the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei, to take the measures necessary to provide a response to the serious condition of the site after decades of neglect.