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Anti-mafia squad investigates Pompeii

Officials working to weed out organised crime from archaeological site

Water is wreaking havoc on the red frescoes that characterise the Casa delle Pareti Rosse

Italy’s anti-mafia squad, the Direzione Investigativa Antimafia, is investigating conservation projects in Pompeii. The Naples-based agency is working closely with the ministry of culture and police to weed out the involvement of organised crime from the archaeological site, which has come under fire from Unesco for failing to address damage to the ancient city’s damaged buildings and frescoes.

The Great Pompeii Project has received a total of €105m of funding from the Italian government and the European Union.

Officials are focusing on work in three houses: the Casa delle Pareti Rosse (red-walled house), with its paintings of Polyphemus and Galatea; the house of Sirico; and the Casa del Marinaio (house of the sailor), which contains some of the best mosaics in the whole area.

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