A collapsed section of the wall of an ancient shop in Pompeii, ItalyHow sad to see the damage done in Pompeii by floodwaters recently. Talk about  destruction by the elements; air, earth, fire and water. Pompeii’s working its way through the whole list!
Pompeii, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site –  and quite rightly too! –  is an absolutely fascinating place to visit, whether you’re interested in history or not!

Wikipedia says;
The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
pompeii2Researchers believe that the town was founded in the seventh or sixth century BC by the Osci or Oscans and was captured by the Romans in 80 BC. By the time of its destruction, 160 years later, its population was probably approximately 20,000, and the city had a complex water system, an amphitheatre, gymnasium and a port.
The eruption was cataclysmic for the town. Evidence for the destruction originally came from a surviving letter by Pliny the Younger, who saw the eruption from a distance and described the death of his uncle Pliny the Elder, an admiral of the Roman fleet, who tried to rescue citizens. The site was lost for about 1,500 years until its initial rediscovery in 1599 and broader rediscovery almost 150 years later by Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre in 1748.[1] The objects that lay beneath the city have been well preserved for centuries because of the lack of air and moisture. These artifacts provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana. During the excavation, plaster was used to fill in the voids between the ash layers that once held human bodies. pompeii3This allowed one to see the exact position the person was in when he or she died.
Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 250 years. Today it has UNESCO World Heritage Site status and is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors every year.

I visited Pompeii with my parents when I was 15, and I was speechless, which was very unusual for me as a teenager!
The whole town is frozen in time. You can walk along the paving stones in streets that were trodden on by people over two millenia ago, and the stones are still practically perfect!
Like Herculaneum, the other town a few miles away that was buried under volcanic ash, a lot of it is still covered, and probably always will be as towns and buildings are on top of it.
Over 75% of Herculaneum is still buried.
Herculaneum was buried under a much deeper layer of ash, so the top storeys of buildings were preserved as well.
pompeii4Over 300 skeletons were discovered there in 1981, which was a surprise to everyone as it was always believed that the inhabitants of the town had been evacuated.
Most people from both towns died while trying to escape. But they were too late.
They would all have been killed instantly by the ash and the extreme heat.
Recently, there has been  some terrible damage in Pompeii due to the heavy rains. On the Sunday, stones from an arch and a stretch of wall collapsed. Then the next day, a wall of an ancient shop collapsed.
This isn’t the only damage that has occurred there, but the Italians are notoriously slow at making decisions and putting them into action.
pompeii5Last year I was in Matera, in the Basilicata region. Work has been going on (and off) in the Cathedral for over 11 years!
There is 105 million euros available for the upkeep and rehabilitation of Pompeii, but it has hardly been touched due to Bureaucracy.
My suggestion? Build a structure over the top of it all. I know that it’s a huge site to cover, but it doesn’t need any sides.
But whatever they decide to do, I just hope that they hurry up and do it, before it’s too late! The damage that’s being done is irreversible!

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.