Herculaneum archaeological site Herculaneum Project
A project of the Getty Conservation Institute

View of Herculaneum with Mount Vesuvius in the distance. When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, Herculaneum was submerged under pyroclastic surges and flows. The ancient city now lies under a layer of tuff more than 15 meters (50 feet) thick. Two- and three-story buildings have been excavated over the years. Photo: Francesca Piqué