The Herculaneum Conservation Project sponsorship contract, which was signed in 2004 for an initial five-year period, was renewed in 2009 by the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei and the British School at Rome to ensure a further five years of project activities on the site (resolution of the Administrative Council no. 312/2009 of 17/07/2009, contract no. 104 of 06/08/2009).
This list highlights some of the project activities currently underway:
- The reinstatement, where possible, of the ancient sewer system, or the creation of new sections of drainage to ensure that rain water is carried away from the site;
- Drainage of ground water from the area of the ancient shoreline;
- Geo-archaeological research on the evolution of the coastline and the tuff formation in the area of the ancient shoreline;
- Repair or replacement of disintegrating modern roofing for the protection of rooms and decorative features;
- The launch of a regular programme of maintenance and continuous care of the site;
- Study of archaeological material from various excavations around the site, including excavation of the Roman sewers;
- The creation of a new plan of the archaeological site at a scale of 1:100;
- Study and scientific research to improve conservation techniques and methods (in partnership with Italian and international universities and laboratories).
Among the initiatives underway to improve the relationship between the ancient and modern towns, and to raise international awareness about Herculaneum, the following are of note:
- The creation of a Herculaneum Conservation Project GIS database;
- Joint programming with the heritage authority for the shared management of maintenance work;
- A feasibility study for several initiatives in the area of the Basilica Noniana and along the edges of the archaeological site where it meets the modern town, coordinated with the heritage authority and in collaboration with town and regional councils.