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Work starts on Pompeii restoration and protection project

7 February 2013 Last updated at 02:13 GMT

A major project has been launched to restore and protect one of the world's greatest archaeological sites: the ruins of Pompeii.

Work has begun in a joint Italian government and European Union funded programme worth nearly $150m.

It comes after decades of neglect and mismanagement at the famous site.

The BBC's Rome correspondent Alan Johnston reports.