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The archaeological excavations of Ercolano, are located in the town of Ercolano, in the Province of Naples. The ancient city of Herculaneum (this is the name of the city at the time), was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. . The solidification of rainwater that infiltrated every opening, led to the burial of Herculaneum, allowing the conservation of highly perishable materials such as popes and food and making, at the same time, very difficult excavations.
Between 1738 and 1765 the first regular excavation campaign was held, promoted by Charles of Bourbon and directed by Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre. The exploration took place through underground tunnels which, once the works of art were removed, were closed. The "archaeologists of that time" gave life to a plan that proved to be very important in 1986, when the excavations were reopened.
To date, after the numerous findings and excavations carried out, Herculaneum still appears in a part of its extension, the one closest to the sea. Moreover, since 1997, the excavations of Herculaneum, with those of Pompeii and Oplontis, are included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.