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Project > Profile

Conservation of cultural heritage, Training and Research


The long-term conservation of particularly valuable historical sites is one of the main challenges of our time. Pompeii, the world’s most complete ancient city, offers a very rich built cultural heritage which is facing specific tasks regarding its preservation.

Launched in 2012, the POMPEII SUSTAINABLE PRESERVATION PROJECT (PSPP) is an association of renowned research institutions in the area of historic preservation and restoration under the direction of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Technical University of Munich, Germany. It is established as a research group under German law at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP. The project’s core areas are training and research for the conservation of archeological sites.

Since 2014, the project conducts research and restoration work for funerary monuments of the Necropolis of »Porta Nocera«. Methodologies, competences and knowledge developed through these activities can be transferred to historical sites worth protecting around the world. The following measures are being implemented on site:

  • Conservation and education campaigns
  • Development and installation of protective roofs
  • Protection and safeguarding of vulnerable surfaces
  • Research into Pompeii‘s restoration (history):
    the associated project Pompeji Arch&Lab

The POMPEII SUSTAINABLE PRESERVATION PROJECT is financed by funding and donations. We welcome donators and committed sponsors who are enthusiastic about the antiquities as well as cutting-edge research and willing to support the training of young talents in the fields of conservation and archeology.

Presentation of the project:

The digital documentation of the Porta Nocera Necropolis by the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the National Research Council (IBAM-CNR) formed the basis for conservation measures on site:

Where we operate


At the foot of Mount Vesuvius is the world’s most famous symbol of all ancient monuments: Pompeii. As through in a time capsule antiquity has survived under the ashes for almost 2000 years following the volcano’s eruption that had buried the city in 79 B.C. Today, the ancient Roman town, having been excavated in large parts, attracts 2.5 million visitors from around the globe each year, offering them the unique opportunity of traveling back in time to daily life in ancient Italy. This is making the UNESCO World Heritage site one of the most visited monuments around the world.

The ancient city of Pompeii is not only of outstanding universal value for the cultural history of mankind, also the variety of preserved objects and materials is making it the best place in the world for researching methods of how to preserve Roman cultural heritage. In autumn 2014, the research and conservation project has started developing innovative methods for Pompeii‘s sustainable restoration. Thus it is contributing significantly to the conservation of ancient sites, and methodologies, competences and knowledge developed through these activities can be transferred to cultural heritage sites worth protecting around the world. Aim is to establish Pompeii as a center for top research into conservation sciences and the training of young conservators.

The Necropolis of Porta Nocera


The POMPEII SUSTAINABLE PRESERVATION PROJECT works in a very prominent area next to the entrance of the ancient town of Pompeii: the necropolis of the Nocera Gate (Porta Nocera). The 60 funeral monuments of the necropolis await visitors when entering the famous archeological site from the modern-day town of Pompeii.

Like in most ancient towns, the inhabitants of ancient Pompeii buried their dead in splendid grave monuments outside the city gates. In Pompeii, however, these tombs are entirely preserved like nowhere else in the world. Stuccowork for structering the facades has survived, along with colorful mural paintings in the burial chambers and statues of the deceased in their niches. Remains of graffiti and painted slogans proove that the colourful hustle and bustle of the ring road was mixed up with funeral ceremonies and burial rituals in this quarter of the town. Alongside Pompeii’s other four necropolis, the burial site infront of the Nocera Gate forms an integral part of the town. The diversity of the various tombs provides us with a detailed picture of the urban society and opens the understanding to life in the ancient world.

What we do



  • Sustainable restoration with a holistic approach
  • Preventive conservation and maintenance
  • Documentation and publication
  • Creation of a center for archiving of data pertaining to restoration
  • Support for implementing the Soprintendenza’s monitoring system for an
    early detection of damages to the site
  • Development of ruins-friendly concepts for opening the site to the public 


  • Training of students in restoration, archaeology and history of architecture
  • Further education for professional restorers from other cultural areas
  • Interdisciplinary seminars on the topic of the maintenance of archaeological ruins
  • Courses on Pompeii for schools of the Vesuvian region and international partner schools
  • Training for guards and keepers
  • Participating in international workshops and meetings to strengthen specific skills


  • Development of innovative methods of preventive conservation
  • Development of durable conservation materials
  • Research on climate for preventive conservation
  • Archaeological research
  • Research on building techniques in ancient architecture
  • Work on the social aspects of the lives of the region's inhabitants
  • Research in building digitalization based on findings of the present building stock
  • Studies on Pompeii's history of restoration
About us > Actors

Who we are


The POMPEII SUSTAINABLE PRESERVATION PROJECT is a joint initiative of renowed research institutions in Europe:

  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
  • Technical University of Munich
  • Soprintendenza Pompei
  • International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration
    of Cultural Property (ICCROM)
  • Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the National
    Research Council (IBAM-CNR)

with support of the following research partners:

  • School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
  • Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro del Ministero per
    i Beni e le Attività Culturali (ISCR)
  • Department of Ancient History, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich
  • German Archaeological Institute in Rome
  • University of Pisa

The project is organized as a German research initiative and is located at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics. It can therefore capitalize on the long experience of the Fraunhofer in administering international collaborations.

An international committee of experts, composed of representatives from participating institutions and their supporters, is responsible for the scientific management of the PSPP. The executive board is constituted by:

  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Sedlbauer (Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)
  • Prof. Erwin Emmerling (Chair of Restoration, Technical University of Munich)
  • Prof. Dr. Massimo Osanna (Director General, Soprintendenza Pompei)
  • Prof. Dr. Stefano de Caro (Director General, ICCROM)
  • Prof. Dr. Daniele Malfitana (Director, IBAM-CNR)

What we do


The POMPEII SUSTAINABLE PRESERVATION PROJECT aims to protect unique monuments and, by doing so, to develop new skills. It combines high-quality restoration of artefacts with top research in the humanities and natural sciences and the training of young talents. An international team of experts is working with talented, young scientists to implement the following tasks in the necropolis infront of the Porta Nocera (Nocera Gate):

  • Research into innovative methods of preventive conservation for preserving world cultural heritage sites
  • Training of conservators and researchers as a substantial contribution to future preservation of international world heritage
  • Development and adaptation of materials, strategies and methods that can enhance efficient and durable restoration in other ancient sites beyond Pompeii
  • Hands-on restoration and long-term preservation of building complexes in Pompeii
  • Documentation of the buildings and their construction history with the newest archaeological and historical building surveying methods
  • Use of botanical research for the greening of the ancient gardens that is ecologically authentic
  • Establishment of Pompeii as a center of excellence for research on durable and sustainable conservation of ancient architecture
  • Broad communication of our work and results through online and traditional printed media
  • Outreach to increase awareness for the preservation of the world heritage and its value for the present and the future
  • Research into Pompeii‘s restoration (history) - methods, materials and technologies over the course of time: the associated project Pompeji Arch&Lab

The project is accompagnied by comprehensive publicity and the publication of current research results in order to increase awareness of the value and the preservation of the world cultural heritage sites.

Our Mission


Prof. Dr. Francesco Bandarin, Former Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center and Assistant Director-General for Culture


Dr. Dr h.c. mult. Hans Ulrich Seidt, ehem. Leiter der Abteilung für Kultur und Kommunikation des Auswärtigen Amts der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E.h. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr. h.c. Reimund Neugebauer, Präsident der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Präsident der Technischen Universität München

Pompeii, with all its ancient buildings and the setting of a completely preserved ancient city revealing all aspects of everyday life, is unique. This is a tremendous wealth for us who want to glimpse how Roman cities worked. Moreover, every visitor can experience this city walking through Roman streets, looking at shops, entering houses, exploring the way people lived and enjoying the pieces of art and fresco paintings that have survived the last 2000 years under the ashes from the eruption of mount Vesuvius. The effects of the changing climate, however, threaten them just like the mass-tourism and constantly advancing decay of walls and surfaces from wind and weather. This combination of threats and recent events make Pompeii the perfect laboratory showcase for the application of new directions in research. This endeavor must focus on new and long-lasting methods of conservation and sustainable forms of tourisms to preserve the Heritage of our World for the future generations. The outlined project, which combines a multidisciplinary approach in research with training and practical conservation, is a step in the right direction and has the potential to set new standards on how to operate in the field of long-term preventive conservation of archeological sites worldwide. 

Prof. Dr. Francesco Bandarin, Former Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center and Assistant Director-General for Culture


The ancient city of Pompeii is not only a world famous cultural monument, it also exemplifies a long and fine tradition of German-Italian cooperation. As Head of the Directorate General for Culture and Communication in the Federal Foreign Office, I greatly welcome the initiative presented here by German and Italian research institutions. It will help us to preserve universal values for generations to come.

Dr. Dr h.c. mult. Hans Ulrich Seidt, ehem. Leiter der Abteilung für Kultur und Kommunikation des Auswärtigen Amts der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

It is imperative that we preserve the cultural heritage of Pompeii for future generations. Thanks to its long experience in applied research using innovative methods and technologies, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft will contribute substantially to this crucial project. As a member of the Forschungsallianz Kulturerbe, which has been founded by the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation), the Leibniz Association and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Fraunhofer can build upon considerable scientific and technical expertise as well as competence in the arts and in cultural matters. I am delighted that with this project we can strengthen the already existing close co-operation between Germany and Italy and at the same time give young scientists some new, sustainable perspectives for their research and careers.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Prof. E.h. Dr.-Ing. E.h. mult. Dr. h.c. Reimund Neugebauer, Präsident der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Few other archaeological sites epitomize both great culture and a tragic end like Pompeii. It exemplifies Roman culture in its finest expressions and the city’s influence on the later cultures of the 18th and 19th centuries is known around the world. One of the many examples of this is King Ludwig I’s Pompejanum, a scale copy of the House of Castor and Pollux, which was built in Aschaffenburg in the 1840s.

Generations of archaeologists have, with great effort, uncovered significant portions of the ancient city and now it falls to archaeologists, architects, historians of architecture and restorers of both the present and the future to preserve it for future generations. Such an enormous site poses enormous challenges and problems. I am very pleased that the Technische Universität of Munich is participating in the rescuing of Pompeii with the POMPEII SUSTAINABLE PRESERVATION PROJECT. I am confident that the combined knowledge and skills of our institution and staff will lead the way in an effective conservation and restoration of the site. I anticipate that the project will be very successful and I enthusiastically support their efforts.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, Präsident der Technischen Universität München



S. Em. Rev. ma Gianfranco Cardinale Ravasi, Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura

»Domenica andammo a Pompei. Molte sciagure sono accadute nel mondo, ma poche hanno procurato altrettanta gioia alla posterità" (Viaggio in Italia, 1787). Parafrasando Goethe, si potrebbe affermare che una nuova sciagura si stia abbattendo sul sito di Pompei. Abbiamo infatti ancora vive negli occhi le impressionanti immagini di alcuni disastrosi crolli appena due anni fa. Se infatti le ceneri del Vesuvio nel 79 d.C. portarono la morte, ma lasciarono straordinariamente intatte le strutture architettoniche, opere d'arte e oggetti di uso comune, dalla riscoperta del sito nel XVIII secolo fino ad oggi insidiosi agenti naturali, la costante usura dei flussi turistici e l'indifferenza delle istituzioni civili e delle stesse comunità locali e nazionali sono la causa di un degrado lento, inesorabile e potenzialmente irreversibile. Salutiamo quindi con gratitudine e speranza l'iniziativa dei giovani studiosi promotori del Pompeii Sustainable Preservation Project, volto al ricupero integrale di una delle necropoli della città, mediante la messa a punto di apposite metodologie e con l'intenzione di costituire un laboratorio di formazione per giovani leve nel campo del restauro. L'iniziativa, partendo da un'università tedesca, rinnova la tradizione dell'amore di quella nazione per il patrimonio culturale italiano, in accordo e in sinergia con le istituzioni e gli istituti di ricerca italiani. Auspichiamo infine che i privati che hanno la possibilità di mettere a disposizione mezzi economici lo facciano con generosità, affinchè l'umanità possa continuare a gioire di questo suo tesoro, come già i nostri antenati.«

Prof. Dr. Salvatore Settis, Accademico dei Lincei, della Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, della Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, dell’Institut de France, della American Philosophical Society 

»La convergenza di ricerca sul campo, strategie conservative e formazione dei giovani dà a questo progetto uno statuto particolarmente alto e consapevole. Nessun luogo quanto Pompei si presta a una alta sperimentazione, che possa poi servire di modello-pilota per l’archeologia classica (e non solo). La straordinaria attenzione mediatica che si è concentrata sui problemi conservativi di Pompei negli ultimi anni e la possibilità di aggiungere i fondi di questo progetto a quelli dell’Unione Europea e del governo italiano potrà consentire sinergie preziose e irripetibili confronti di metodo. Contribuire a rilanciare la ricerca, la tutela e la conservazione di Pompei: il Pompeii Sustainable Preservation Project può essere un agente essenziale della rinascita di Pompei che si può prevedere nei prossimi anni.«

Dr. Matteo Pardo, Wissenschaftlicher Attaché an der Italienischen Botschaft in Berlin 

»Questo progetto unisce due diversi piani di cooperazione. Innanzitutto un piano transnazionale, principalmente fra Italia e Germania, che è mio compito d’ufficio sostenere. Più importante, e necessaria, ritengo sia però la collaborazione interdisciplinare – più ancora: interculturale – fra discipline scientifico-tecniche e discipline umanistiche. Mi auguro e credo che il beneficio di queste cooperazioni, di lungo periodo, comprendenti una parte significativa di formazione, potrebbe estendersi oltre Pompei.«

Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan, Präsidentin der HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance 

»Bildung, die in der geistigen Konfrontation mit historischen und kulturübergreifenden Erfahrungen Urteilsfähigkeit stärkt, und disziplinüberschreitende Kommunikation sind wichtige Grundlagen für die Zukunft Europas. In diesem Sinne hat das hier vorgestellte Projekt, das Denkmalschutz, Ausbildung und Forschung vereint, wegweisenden Charakter. Das Pompeji Sustainable Preservation Project verdient eine breite Unterstützung!«

Prof. Dr. Stefano De Caro, Director General, International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)

»La formazione di giovani conservatori e restauratori è una delle più importanti garanzie per il futuro della tutela dei monumenti antichi. Questo progetto, che unisce un approccio interdisciplinare ed internazionale ad una formazione sul campo, si muove certamente nella giusta direzione. Il contributo che esso offre attraverso lo sviluppo di capacità e competenze è inoltre di lunga durata ed anche questo è un importante elemento per il futuro della conservazione dei beni culturali.«

Arch. Gisella Capponi, Direttrice dell‘Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali 

»Gli aspetti relativi alla definizione dei piani di conservazione programmata, alla formazione e alla sperimentazione di metodologie per la conservazione delle superfici dell’architettura del PSPP rivestono per noi dell’ISCR particolare interesse. In questi campi il nostro Istituto ha maturato negli anni esperienze in Italia e all’estero che saremmo interessati a poter condividere con i partecipanti all’iniziativa.«

Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill OBE FBA, Herculaneum Conservation Project and Director of Research, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge 

»Never has Pompeii been more desperately in need of conservation than at the present! Conservation problems are numerous and complex, and resolving them requires more than the mechanical application of known methodologies. Experiment and scientific testing remain fundamental, and for that reason too, in our experience, a major conservation project can add much to our scientific and archaeological knowledge. I wish you all success in your initiative.«

Prof. Dr. Henner von Hesberg, ehem. Direktor des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts in Rom 

»Wer im Abstand von wenigen Jahren die Stadt besucht hat, wird mit Schrecken feststellen, dass ganze Wände antiker Malerei heute kaum mehr zu erkennen sind und ihre Wirkung verloren haben. Hier muss etwas geschehen! Jetzt ist unbedingt eine Konservierung erforderlich, die den noch vorhandenen Bestand besser schützt und für die Zukunft erhält. Die Abteilung Rom des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts unterstützt deshalb nachdrücklich diese Initiative.«

Prof. Heather A. Viles, Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation, University of Oxford 

»The vast and complex ruined site at Pompeii presents a unique opportunity to improve our understanding of the causes and rates of deterioration of stonework and plaster. As a result, and building on expertise gained from the study of many other monuments, we will be able to develop novel and sustainable conservation strategies which will help preserve the monuments for years to come. Understanding the combination of factors which are causing deterioration in different parts of Pompeii, and working with (rather than against) natural processes are the foundations of our approach.«

Prof. Dr. Daniele Malfitana, Direttore dell’Istituto per i Beni Archeologici e Monumentali, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche e docente di Archeologia, Università di Catania 

»Pompei rappresenta una palestra straordinaria per chi opera nel settore della ricerca finalizzata allo sviluppo di metodologie e tecniche per il recupero e la conservazione del patrimonio archeologico e monumentale. Produrre conoscenza e ricerca, sperimentare azioni applicative per la conservazione della città antica, formare nuove competenze sono tre obiettivi strategici per il successo di un progetto quale il PSPP. Pompei rappresenta anche il contesto ideale per un dialogo tra scuole diverse perché è attraverso il dialogo ed il confronto, anche metodologico, che si raggiunge eccellenza di risultati.«

Prof. Dr. Klaus Sedlbauer, Leiter des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Bauphysik IBP 

»Durch die einzigartige Verbindung von Natur- und Geisteswissenschaften im Rahmen des PSPP werden alle beteiligten Fachrichtungen voneinander profitieren. Der Gedanke, Pompeji als Arbeitsfeld für bauphysikalische Forschung zu etablieren, ist ebenso außergewöhnlich wie vielversprechend!«

Prof. Erwin Emmerling, Ordinarius für Restaurierung, Kunsttechnologie und Konservierungswissenschaft der Technischen Universität München

»Seit Beginn der Ausgrabungen in Pompeji wird in der Stadt restauriert! Kein anderer Ort der europäischen Vergangenheit spiegelt in so dichter Form auch die Geschichte europäischer Restaurierungsmethoden wieder. Allein deswegen ist Pompeji der ideale Ort für ein (Ausbildungs-)Zentrum der Restaurierungswissenschaften!«

Prof. Dr. Massimo Osanna, Soprintendente, Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Pompei, Ercolano, Stabia 

»La Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Pompei, Ercolano, Stabia ha recentemente intrapreso un piano ambizioso di conoscenza e conservazione del sito archeologico di Pompei, dei suoi edifici e manufatti. Il Pompeii Sustainable Preservation Project condivide gli obiettivi di questo impegno, al quale contribuisce con una preziosa opera di ricerca e formazione. Proprio da uno studio capillare dei monumenti e dalla formazione sul campo di restauratori ed archeologi deve ripartire il lavoro a Pompei, in un‘ottica di collaborazione e dialogo tra istituzioni e discipline.«

On Site > Overview

On Site

Works of the PSPP 2014-2018

Since 2014, the POMPEII SUSTAINABLE PRESERVATION PROJECT performed the following research and conservation activities at the Necropolis of »Porta Nocera«:

2014  // Preliminary campaign (22.09.-14.11.2014)

  • Surveying the state of conservation
  • Research on the history of the Necropolis and archival research on earlier restorations
  • Inventory and damage mapping of funerary monuments EN 14 and ES 07
  • Geophysical investigations, 2D/3D digitalization, creation of an immersive webgallery (IBAM-CNR)

2015  // Conservation and training campaign (07.09.-30.10.2015)

  • Summer Academy for young restorers
  • photographic inventory
  • First campaign for climate measurements (Fraunhofer IBP)
  • Continuation with activities initiated in 2014 (IBAM-CNR)

2016  // Conservation Campaign Nocera Gate/ Nucerina Road (12.-27.09.2016)

  • Investigation of selected methods for analysing mortars and comparison of mortar properties for wall decoration of the funerary monuments EN 4 und EN 6
  • Support of the DAAD Summer School »Dialogue on Cultural Heritage in
    Times of Crisis«
    (Naples, 19.-30.09.2016)

2017  // Research project »Clay waterproofing for ancient
        funeral monuments«

  • Inventory (12.-24.03.2017)
    - Non-invasive humidity measurements (University of Oxford - Fraunhofer IBP)
  • Geophysical investigations, Nucerina Road (IBAM-CNR)

2018  // Conservation and training campaign

  • June 2018: Survey of state of conservation in the Necropolis of porta Nocera
  • 03.09.-26.10.2018: PSPP Summer School

On Site

Ongoing activities of the PSPP

The use of local materials for protecting ancient funeral monuments from humidity

From 12th until 24th March 2017, a first survey campaign was realized in the framework of the PSPP research and conservation project »Clay waterproofing for ancient funeral monuments« which has been started in January of this year. The project, being funded by the Alan and Linde Katritzky Foundation, is examining the use of local materials for protecting ancient funeral monuments from humidity. The team in Pompeii includes scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP and the University of Oxford working in close collaboration with the Soprintendenza Pompei. Until the end of 2018, applications using local earth materials accompanied by physical measurements will be implemeted.

Besides that, Prof. Daniele Malfitana and his team from the Institute for Archaeological and Monumental Heritage of the National Research Council (IBAM-CNR) are carrying out geophysical investigations in the Nucerina Road (Via Nucerina).


Alumni of the PSPP report on their experiences

Summer Academy 2015

Participating in the first International Summer Academy of the POMPEII SUSTAINABLE PRESERVATION PROJECT were ten students from five different countries and different european universities. On this page the alumni express their view on the PSPP as based on their experience in Pompeii. The information completing their names refer to their country of provenance and their work- or study place in 2015.

»An diesem außergewöhnlichen Ort, mit all den herzlichen und motivierten Menschen zu lernen und zu arbeiten, war eine großartige Erfahrung für mich. Besonders die Internationalität der Gruppe brachte Vielfalt, neue Perspektiven und Lebendigkeit in die Diskussionen, die konservatorische Arbeit und in die Nekropole vor der Porta Nocera. Die Zeit in Pompeji Bereich bereicherte mich um wertvolle Erfahrungen im Bereich der konservatorischen Arbeit in einer Weltkulturerbe-Stätte - dies ist im speziellen der Idee des PSPP zu verdanken, die es ermöglicht über alle Schritte, von der Bestandsaufnahme, über Konzeption, bis hin zur Umsetzung der Not Konservierungs-Maßnahme, zu einem konkreten Verständnis der Anforderungen einer Archäologischen Städte zu gelangen. Mit vielen freudigen Erinnerungen im Gepäck sage ich Dankeschön PSPP und Dankeschön an alle Mitstreiter. Es war mir eine große Freude.«

Edith Aichinger
Germany, Technical University of Munich

»Durch die Teilnahme an der Sommerakademie konnte ich viele wichtige Erfahrungen sammeln und neue Erkenntnisse erlangen. Dies ist zum einen dem interkulturellen Austausch zu verdanken, dass er immer wieder zu interessanten Diskussionen und neuen Ideen führte, aber auch der Struktur der Sommerakademie. Diese ermöglichte durch Vorträge, Exkursionen und dem Mitwirken bei der Entwicklung und Ausführung des Konservierungs-Konzepts für die Porta Nocera Nekropole, die Erlangung eines ganzheitlichen Verständnisses für die Situation vor Ort, die Problematiken und den Umgang mit einer antiken, archäologischen Stätte. Ich freue mich, dass ich dabei sein konnte, wünsche dem Projekt alles Gute und bin überzeugt, dass es auch in Zukunft erfolgreich weitergehen wird.«

Viola Klein
Germany, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart

»Pompeji ist mir eine Freude, dort zu arbeiten, zu lernen, die Umgebung zu bereisen, zusammen mit engagierten Menschen aus verschiedenen Ländern. Das alles ermöglichte mir das PSPP und ich hoffe, dass es das noch vielen anderen ermöglichen wird. Denn am schönsten und am sinnvollsten für den Erhalt von Pompeji sind das wiederkommen und weitermachen!«

Clara Friedl
Germany, Technical University of Munich

»In seguito alla campagna del PSPP mi sento arricchita. La possibilità di lovorare con un gruppo internazionale è molto stimolante perchè si mettono a confronto esperienze, idee, punti di vista, e opprocci diferenti.«

Chiara Marcon
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland


»This project is a fresh breeze in Pompeii: nice energy blowing in the old site, in order to try the best to preserve it. Este proyecto es aire fresco para Pompeya: energia positiva dedicada a preservarlo.«

Montserat Lasunción Ascanio
Spain, Freelance restorer - Rom / Lyon / Barcelona


»È un gran piacere per me poter salutare e ringraziare nella mia lingua madre tutti coloro che mi hanno dato la possibilità di partecipare al workshop sul restauro della necropoli di porta Nocera a Pompei in Italia che ha avuto luogo dal 09/09/2015 al 04/11/2015, nell’ambito del PSPP “Pompeii Sustainable Preservation Progect” in collaborazione con l’istituto Fraunhofer per la fisica della costruzione.

Il programma a cui ho potuto partecipare in questi ultimi due mesi  era estremamente ricco dal punto di vista degli aspetti tecnico-artistici e mi ha permesso di apprendere nuovi metodi e un nuovo modo di pensare al restauro, a livello spirituale ed educativo. L’atmosfera di lavoro era stimolante, le relazioni umane erano altamente professionali e cordiali all’interno del gruppo internazionale dei partecipanti: italiani, tedeschi ed altri, coordinatori, esperti e studenti.

Penso che un progetto come il PSPP basato su alti principi e profondi valori e diretto da persone di grande esperienza, sapere e d’alta sensibilità non solo verso gli oggetti da sottoporre a restauro, ma anche riguardo al modo di direzione delle risorse umane non poteva che avere successo.

Vorrei ringraziarvi ancora una volta per questa opportunità unica che mi ha permesso di vivere e sperimentare in una città antica come Pompei, augurandovi un continuo successo.«

8 novembre 2015 corrispondente al calendario lunare 26 Muḥarram 1437 H.

Joliana Salloum
Syria, Università Roma Tre

»An der PSPP Summer School teilzunehmen war nicht nur auf Grund der kulturellen Wichtigkeit Pompejis ein großartige Erfahrung für mich. Sich mit den komplexen Gegebenheiten einer archäologischen Stätte im Zusammenhang mit einer Konservierungsmaßnahme zu beschäftigen, war eine gute und hilfreiche Übung für jedes weitere restauratorische und konservatorische Denken und Handeln. Auch der Austausch untereinander und mit erfahrenen Restauratoren, genauso aber die interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit z. B. mit Archäologen hat mir sehr viel gebracht und Spaß gemacht.«

Karoline Santowski
Germany, Technische Hochschule Köln

»Johann Wolfgang von Goethes Aussage über Pompeji (1787): ›Es ist viel Unheil in der Welt geschehen, aber wenig, das den Nachkommen so viel Freude gemacht hätte‹, hat bis heute seine Gültigkeit behalten. Die anhaltende Attraktivität der antiken Stadt mag auch daran liegen, das es den Traum derjenigen erfüllt, welche die Stadt wieder beleben wollen. Um die Stadt auch als solche wahrnehmen zu können, erfordert sie nach Kevin Lynch, ein wieder erkennbare Form und eine räumliche Struktur, aus der die Lage von Objekt und Betrachter unverkennbar hervorgeht und so ein emotionales Image schafft (identity 7 structure / meaning). Das PSPP-Projekt versucht genau hier neue Ansätze zu finden und bietet dabei eine Plattform für die jungen Generationen.«

Christian Kaiser
Italy, Technical University of Munich

»There are several important reasons why it was such an excellent experience to participate in the Porta Nocera campaign. It was interesting to work with students and experts from different countries, different backgrounds. While working on the tombs we continuously discussed the work and exchanged various opinions on the materials used and the methods applied. Apart from gaining some new knowledge, I was also able to compare all that to the usual Croatian practices and the level of education of restauration students in my country. Since this was my first opportunity to work at a site where emergency protection measures were needed (with vast damage and alarming need for consolidation), it was a very valuable experience for me to focus attention on the choice of priorities and the way to achieve optimal protection within the given frame. No matter the level of endangerement of a given object, this kind of thinking is necessary when dealing with any structure since ideal conditions are very rare in practice and we always have to analyse and weigh cost and benefit. After working on Porta Nocera necropolis I am therefore inspired to explain to Croatian students the difference between ideal approach and the whole series of problems we encounter in practical work and to give them guidelines for achieving optimal results in non-ideal conditions present in real situations. And finally, I benefited from being introduced to some new materials (foam mortar, for example), from the presentations of students, campaign organizers and other experts in the last two days of the campaign. I am glad I was given the opportunity to participate in the campaign since I met people who passionately love what they do. I think that this campaign and the effort of its organizers and all the participants greatly contribute to the advancement of conservation and it represents a praiseworthy approach to the protection of the cultural heritage of the world.«

doc.mr.art. Neva Pološki, Odsjek za konzerviranje
i restauriranje umjetnina Akademija likovnih umjetnosti, Zagreb, Croatia


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help us support research and education for conserving our cultural heritage!

The POMPEII SUSTAINABLE PRESERVATION PROJECT is financed by funding and donations.

Your generosity will help us continue our work! Your donations will enable progress in research, in the development of methods, materials and processes for long-lasting interventions to preserve ancient sites, and in the transmission of knowledge to educate promising young scholars and restorers. All types of project work benefit the long-term preservation of the Necropolis of »Porta Nocera« in Pompeii. Each of you can help us move forward! Gifts may be sent to our account:

Beneficiary: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Bank: Deutsche Bank, München

IBAN: DE86 7007 0010 0752 1933 00 - BIC: DEUTDEMM
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We are deeply grateful to all friends and partners who have supported the PSPP!



International appearances

Presentation of the project at the following events:

  • September 10-14, 2018: »Diagnosing decay mechanisms at the Porta Nocera Necropolis, Pompeii – the first step towards effective preventive conservation«
    Stefan Bichlmair, Dr. Ralf Kilian, Martin Michette. IIC 2018 Turin Congress - Preventive Conservation: The State of the Art. 27th Biennial Congress.
  • January 13, 2018: »Digitale Technologien in Pompeji – Dokumentation und Vermittlung im Rahmen des Pompei Sustainable Preservation Project«
    Dr. Ralf Kilian, Dr. Daniele Malfitana und Antonio Mazzaglia. Forum during the exhibition Monumento, Salzburg.



Director of the Project

Prof. Dr. Ralf Kilian
Phone +49 8024 643-285

Project Coordination

Sara Saba, PhD
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Dr. Anna Anguissola

Scientific advisory council

Dr. Albrecht Matthaei



Tanja Fleck
Phone +49 8024 643-366

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