Tuesday 25 August 2009

Book: Resurrecting Pompeii

Resurrecting Pompeii - Estelle Lazer

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.

Table of Contents
Part 1: The Last Days of Pompeii
1. Skeletons as artefacts
2. An Egyptian interlude
3. An anthropological resource
4. Context of a mass disaster
Part 2: The Victims
5. The nature of the evidence
6. Attribution of sex
7. Determination of age at death
8. General health and lifestyle indicators
9. The population
10. The casts
11. Making sense

Congratulations Estelle on finally getting the book out!

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