Ancient History & Civilisation

Resurrecting Pompeii

Resurrecting Pompeii

Resurrecting Pompeii provides an in-depth study of a unique site from antiquity with information about a population who all died from the same known cause within a short period of time.
Pompeii has been continuously excavated and studied since 1748. Early scholars working in Pompeii and other sites associated with the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius were seduced by the wealth of artefacts and wall paintings yielded by the site. This meant that the less visually attractive evidence, such as human skeletal remains, were largely ignored.
Recognizing the important contribution of the human skeletal evidence to the archaeology of Pompeii,Resurrecting Pompeii remedies that misdemeanour, and provides students of archaeology and history with an essential resource in the study of this fascinating historical event.

Introduction: Making sense of death

PART I - The last days of Pompeii

Chapter 1. Skeletons as artefacts

Chapter 2. An Egyptian interlude

Chapter 3. An anthropological resource

Chapter 4. Context of a mass disaster

PART II - The victims

Chapter 5. The nature of the evidence

Chapter 6. Attribution of sex

Chapter 7. Determination of age-at-death

Chapter 8. General health and lifestyle indicators

Chapter 9. The population

Chapter 10. The casts

Chapter 11. Making sense

Glossary

Appendix 1: Historical overview of excavations in Campania

Appendix 2: Terms associated with anatomical orientation

Notes

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