Rare stone discovered outlining ancient Rome's city limits
Archaeologists have discovered a rare stone delineating the city limits of ancient Rome that dates from the age of Emperor Claudius in 49 A.D. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi was on hand for the unveiling Friday of the pomerial stone, a huge slab of travertine that was a sacred, military and political perimeter marking the edge of the city proper with Rome’s outer territory.
As wildfire rages, LA's 'fire proof' Getty Museum sees no risk to art
(Reuters) - When a fast-moving wildfire licked up to the fringes of the sprawling Getty Center complex on Tuesday, the staff of the Los Angeles museum betrayed no sign of panic, confident that its priceless art was safe and secure within its walls. FILE PHOTO: The Getty Fire burns near the Getty Center along the 405 freeway north of Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 28, 2019. Buildings on the centers campus, which house the J. Paul Getty Museum and other Getty Trust programs, are clad in stone and steel with stone rooftops that keep burning embers from igniting the structures. Since Monday, a million-gallon water tank has allowed museum staff to irrigate grounds that act as a fire buffer zone around buildings, Lapin said by phone from the center. Although weve extinguished all visible flames, we have countless smoldering hotspots and we have another severe wind event forecasted late tonight through Thursday, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.feeds.reuters.com
Artwork to remain in Getty Museum as wildfire nears
LOS ANGELES - As flames encroach on the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the art inside is staying put. The artwork in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is "considerably safer not being moved," said museum spokeswoman Lisa Lapin, as thousands evacuated or lost power Monday because of wildfires raging in Southern California. She said the galleries on the museum's campus are double-enclosed, meaning they are buildings inside buildings with thick walls. The Getty Museum also has a sophisticated air filtration system that can reverse directions and push air out, Lapin said. The Getty Museum opened in 1997, and originated from the expansive art collection of J. Paul Getty, the founder of Getty Oil Company and one of America's richest industrialists.