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Goodbye to Pompeii

Published måndag 24 januari 2011 kl 08.59
"We have had a catastrophe alert in Pompeii since 1748"
(6:49 min)
One of the walls that collapsed in Pompeii last month, Photo: Salvatore Laporta/Scanpix

The Italian city of Pompeii is one of the world's most famous ancient sites. Buried by an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in the year 79 AD, when it was uncovered in the 18th century it proved to be one of the best preserved cities from antiquity, with even the bodies of the residents copied in the volcanic ash as they fled.

But now, after ten years, the archaeologists in the Swedish Pompeii Project are returning home. George Wood asked Anne-Marie Leander Touati, the head of the project, how Sweden got involved in Pompeii in the first place?

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