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[Archaeologytalks] Pompeii Uncovered: From Daily Life to Disaster

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Join this live webinar to learn about life in ancient Pompeii and how it helps archaeologists study the past.

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Recent archaeological work in Pompeii has offered us new information about the long history people in the city had with the looming volcano, still seen towering in the near distance. What was life like next to an active volcano? Who lived here, and what do we know about the everyday life in the city?

We will start with an exploration of life in the Roman city, looking at everyday life on the streets. Pompeii's unique archaeological evidence gives us invaluable insight into the trade, politics and street food at this fascinating site. We will then look at one particular house, that of Caecilius Iucundus, and explore how the son of a freed slave ended up a wealthy banker with a beautifully decorated house. We will discuss what life was like in his house, and the streets surrounding it, with street food vendors, bakers, and industry all around. But then, in 62 AD, a warning came in the form of an earthquake. We will examine how the city, and Caecilius’ household responded to it, not knowing what was to come. When the eruption finally happened in 79 AD, we have an eye witness account and archaeological evidence to tell the tragic stories of those who perished. We will finish the conversation with a discussion of the current excavations, and the various challenges it encounters. Vesuvius is still an active volcano, and the site requires preventative work against other natural and human made challenges as well.

This talk will be led by Helena, an archaeologist with PhD in ancient history and several years' experience excavating in Southern Italy. After an hour long presentation, she is happy to take your questions on Pompeii or archaeology in general.

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