The 6th century stud was one of four that decorated a reproduction of an ancient door that is part of a special exhibit "Pompeii and the Greeks"
Italian forensics on the site of the theft at the Pompeii archaeological site, near Naples, southern Italy, 18 May 2017, photo: ANSA/Circo Fusco, via AP
18 of May 2017 17:05:42
MILAN – Officials say an ancient ornamental bronze stud has been stolen from an exhibit inside the Pompeii archaeological site.The 6th century stud was one of four that decorated a reproduction of an ancient door that is part of a special exhibit "Pompeii and the Greeks."Pompeii's director, archaeologist Massimo Osanna, said Thursday that the stud's removal from beneath an acrylic panel would have taken time to avoid detection by on-site security.Officials think it was taken during public visiting hours, and police are reviewing video surveillance. The area has been closed to visitors.The 7.3-centimeter stud belonging to a museum in Basilicata was insured for 300 euros ($333.)The Pompeii archaeological site preserves the ruins of an ancient Roman town that was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79.