Another collapse at #Pompeii: a tank came down at an old laundry facility

Photo of Pompeii by Matteo Silvestri
Photo of Pompeii by Matteo Silvestri

The news continues to come in about the preservation of Pompeii. I just read about the recent collapse of a tank at a fullonica in an article published in IlSole24Ore.

Here is my translation into English of the introduction to this article that was published in Italian:

In Pompeii, apparently the degradation of the site doesn’t take a vacation. Ten days ago at one of the best-known and well-preserved archaeological sites there was another collapse: a tank came down from a fullonica (in ancient Rome the fullonica was a laundry/dry cleaning business) on the Via di Nola. There are a few well-known fullonica in Pompeii, such as the one of Veranius Hypsaeus.

A guard discovered the collapse on July 30th while on patrol in the area and the damage was reported immediately to the office of the Superintendent and a team of workers was sent to the site to repair the portion of the monument that was affected by the collapse. At the moment the tank in question has been fenced off for security reasons.

This latest episode, while certainly less dramatic than the destruction of the Schola armatorum in November 2010, is being given a high level of attention in terms of the overall conservation status of the site.

Ci sentiamo presto, Lina

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