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ROME, Aug. 8. - British and Italian archaeologists are close to securing a $ 100 million windfall from a Californian foundation funded by the heir to the Hewlett Packard electronics fortune to save and restore the lost magnificence" of the ruins at Herculaneum.
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, director of the British School at Rome, said the impending donation was a gift from the gods that would enable archaeologists to rescue a once-thriving Roman town that had received less attention than Pompeii but contained equally priceless treasures. Like Pompeii, Herculaneum was overwhelmed by an eruption of Vesuvius in the first century AD.
"This is a very exciting potential …