Pompeii, reopen the garden of fugitives
Completed restoration to the area that retains 13 human casts of the eruption.
Garden of fugitives
Back to Pompeii, much to the delight of the visitors, the garden of fugitives. Remained closed for several months due to needed work, the scenic area in Eastern insula reopen to the public on 21 7 November.
The STORY-it’s a large area cultivated with vines so named for the discovery, during the excavation in 1961, less than 13 persons who sought refuge from the wrath of Vesuvius heading towards the city walls in an attempt to escape after the fall of the first phase of the pumice eruption in 79 a.d. and who were buried by ash of eruptive phases. Of the 13 victims, both adults and children, it was possible to run the plaster cast with the method introduced already in the nineteenth century by archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli. The method, which is still in use, is to pour liquid plaster into the cavities left by the body in the solidified ash layer that has preserved intact its shape.
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After the excavation, the Superintendent at the time, Amedeo Maiuri, deemed important to store in this site such a significant testimony and just gather in one area of the 13 bodies. The restoration just completed, executed with funds of the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei as part of routine maintenance activities, it concerned in particular the arrangement of the structure that houses the casts, improving functionality and exposing them more suited to their historical value, but also to the dignity that such evidence should take every visitor’s eyes. This is in fact the bodies of human beings of ancient Pompeii that, because of the eruption, have come down to us in a tragic moment of their death and that transmit to posterity yet the terrible tragedy they suffered. Their removal for resetting in the new showcase, especially complex operation, has also allowed the restoration of plaster casts, kept to a minimum as far as possible to preserve intact the features of bodies returned from the excavation, and to provide a scientifically more correct with the placement of casts on a thin bed of ashes from memory the eruption involving victims and caused their deaths.