Herculaneum, Italy - 2 August, 2012: Skeletons are here in one of the six boat chamber of the ancient seafront of Herculaneum, Italy, on 2 August, 2012. Excavations in the port area of Herculaneum initially turned up more than 55 skeletons. The skeletons were found on the seafront, where it is believed they had fled in an attempt to escape the volcanic eruption. About 300 skeletons were founds in the ancient town of Herculaneum.
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.