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The Restorers of Pompeii Have More Money Than Time

Almost $100 million of EU money is at risk if not disbursed by December.
Corinthian Porticus in Pompeii

In the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, workers in hard hats bustle along the Via dell’Abbondanza, setting up fences marked “Work in Progress.” In a basilica that opened this summer, patches of new plaster stand out on once-crumbling steps. In the amphitheater where gladiators fought, a temporary wooden pyramid houses the remains of victims of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Though Pompeii is timeless, the workers are in a hurry – to spend money. In the next 12 weeks, they have to burn through almost $100 million – about five times what they've spent in the past three years – or risk losing it.