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Pomp and Herc Nature of Sources and Evidence

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Peter Dewell

on 17 October 2013

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Transcript of Pomp and Herc Nature of Sources and Evidence

The Hidden Scrolls of Herculaneum
The Villa of Papyri, named for the 1, 800 scrolls found in the library, held the only intact library from antiquity.

The scrolls, all turned to carbon, were thought to be coals for a hearth when first uncovered. Recently, using acids
How has new research technology changed
the way archeology
is conducted in
these two sites?
Estelle Lazer
Since 1986 Lazer was working on 300 skeletons in the Froum Bathouses of Pompeii. Techniques of forensic medicine and physical anthropology were used to determine sex, age at death, health and population affinities from the population.

The use of x-ray technology was first used by her in 1994, specifically on the Lady of Oplontis. In this case a cast was made of a female using resin rather than plaster and given CT scans.

The impact of this research means a full analysis of the body can be made, including depth, minimising the destruction of the remains.
Willhelmina Jashemski
Cities of Vesuvius - Pompeii and Herculaneum
Impact of New Technology and Research
Jashemski has used a combination of Scientific Analysis of Environmental Data, the study of wall paintings and literary references in ancient sources to learn about the plants and trees grown in Campania.

Again the impact is to learn more about how the ancients in the are lived, corresponding this with ideas of diet, health and medicine.
Was tarted in 1978, was set up so that a team of researchers could make new conclusions on evidence previously examined by Maiuri. These scholars believed that it was time to ask new questions about old evidence – archaeology has changed so much recently that old finds can be constantly re-examined.
The Insula of Meander Project
Estelle Lazer
House of Menander
Hidden scrolls of the Villa
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