The archaeological area of the HERCULANEUM EXCAVATION SITES is a state-owned property that falls within the sphere of competence of the Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii, a decentralized body of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Since 1997 it has been a UNESCO world heritage site, alongside the Pompeii Excavation sites and the Oplontis villas. The preservation and conservation of this substantial asset requires enormous resources that it has never been possible to secure commensurately with actual needs. Since 2001, however, the Herculaneum Conservation Project (HCP) has been underway - a programme of conservation, research and enhancement of the Herculaneum site run jointly by the Superintendency, the Packard Humanities Institute (an American philanthropic foundation that provides financial support for the project) and the British School at Rome. The goal of the project is to support the Superintendency in the conservation work and activities it carries out in order to preserve this World Heritage Site and hand it down to future generations but also to expand scientific knowledge of the ancient city and promote public interest in it. This project is one of the biggest and most innovative collaborative ventures between public and private partners to date, working for the preservation of Italy’s archaeological heritage.

The Service Charter of the Herculaneum Excavation sites

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