Current research in Pompeii

the nature, documentation and use of archaeological evidence

Jaye Pont

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Abstract

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius on the 24th August AD 79 destroyed yet preserved the city of Pompeii. The discovery and ensuing excavation of the city since the 18th century has resulted in the exposure of almost three quarters of the site. However the remains, once removed from their protective layer of ash and pumice, have been subjected to destructive forces of a different nature. The physical elements of wind, rain, sunlight and vegetation growth, coupled with the impact of millions of tourists who flock to the site, threaten a second demise for the city. Pompeii is one of the richest archaeological sites from the ancient world, as placement on the World Heritage list attests. It provides a unique opportunity to examine aspects of daily life at all levels of society and to study the sequential development of an ancient Roman city. Consequently there is an urgent need to record, document and interpret the exposed ruins before they crumble. This paper discusses current research in the city and identifies the sources and nature of archaeological evidence examined. It documents the manner in which information from this evidence is recorded and considers how the work enhances understanding of life in the ancient city.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-169
Number of pages11
JournalAncient history : resources for teachers
Volume34
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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