Thursday, June 24, 2010

New vs Old. Right or wrong?

Information and discussion starter number two for those back home watching this and thinking about the HSC. A visit to the large theatre in Pompeii drew a gasp from this archaeologist and a number of others with me. The question is asked; is it right to restore an ancient structure to the point of it no longer retaining its ancient characteristics? When does restoration become reconstruction so that modern use becomes more important than the information that can be garnered from the ancient structure?

The ancient theatre has now been restored to the point of being able to be used for modern concerts and such, making Pompeii more accessible and attractive to the tourists, and I guess more usable for the locals.

But is it right?

Two articles of law governing restoration of ancient structures in the city seem to have been ignored. What do you think?

Have a look at the new images below and compare them to photos you may find of the structure pre restoration (2010).