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Herculaneum closed to tourists due to staff shortage

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Naples, July 6 - The ancient site of Herculaneum
near Pompeii in southern Italy was shut to the public Monday
afternoon because of a staff shortage that officials blamed on
understaffing.
The Superintendent for Cultural Heritage responsible for
the sites at Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia said in a statement
that the closure "highlights the critical situation...at Mt.
Vesuvius archaeological sites".
The 36 staff members at Herculaneum are divided between
five shifts daily but that is inadequate for a site that covers
an area of 4.5 hectares and requires six or seven staff per
shift to supervise and protect the ancient site, officials said.
A sudden illness threw the schedule off and forced Monday's
closure to the public, they added.
Herculaneum - like the more famous Pompeii - was destroyed
by an eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites and concerns about
their protection and preservation have been increasing amid
reports in recent years about cave-ins, natural disasters, and
outright thefts of priceless archaeological relics.

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