First there was the
Add in the awesome influence of the Catholic church and Christianity, as evidenced by the overwhelming interest in Pope Benedict’s retirement, and there can be no mistaking about the on-going importance of
When one considers the contributions
Yet a society with such a well-established lineage always suffers from the effects of deterioration. Preserving the past for generations of that will follow is a daunting task, especially when there is such an abundance of riches to maintain.
The 17-foot sculpture of David by Michelangelo stood in a piazza outside Palazzo della Signoria for more than 350 years before being moved indoors to the Accademia Gallery in 1873. Fortunately, that was a relatively easy solution.
Then there was
The legendary canals of
The restoration process in
Today the ancient port city of
Smothered beneath 13 to 20 feet of ash and pumice,
In its heyday, before the eruption,
Since archaeological digs began, carbon dating has shown that the city existed as far back at the 8th to the 6th centuries BC Two other layers have been discovered over the ever-present excavations, including the first Roman pavement that dates to somewhere between the 4th and 2nd century BC.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of
The importance of the information sites such as
Since that time, the European Union has stepped in to provide more than $56-million through the auspices of the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to ensure that
The Italian government declared a state of emergency in 2008 when the preservation process appeared unable to halt the steady decline in many of the structures. The new money for The Great Pompeii Project, as it is called, is expected fund the restoration process until its completion by 2015.
One key factor however, will be the professionalism of those who undertake the preservation process.
Meanwhile, though Vesuvius is continuously monitored for future volcanic activity, there are still concerns about another eruption which could come at any time. Though it would likely not be as massive as the eruption of 79 AD, the close proximity of
Nevertheless, the preservation of sites such as
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.
As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.
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