For twenty years Herculaneum's Decumanus Maximus was closed to visitors. Now conservators, led by the Master of Sidney Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, are celebrating following the reopening of the high street, reports The Guardian.

Thanks to the meticulous work of conservation experts, visitors can once again experience one of the main public and economic spaces of Herculaneum. The work of conserving Herculaneum was given a significant boost when in 2001 the Herculaneum Conservation Project (HCP) was launched with the support of the Packard Humanities Institute. During a recent tour of the United States the Master, Director of the project, explored many of the challenges that have faced the team working at Herculaneum.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2011.

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