Books on Pompeii and Herculaneum are located at 937.7
Cities of Vesuvius by Pamela BradleyCities of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum has been written especially for the core topic of the new NSW HSC Ancient History syllabus.
Call Number: 937.7 BRA
Secrets of Vesuvius: unlocking the sources from Pompeii and Herculaneum by Kate Cameron & Jenny LawlessSecrets of Vesuvius: Unlocking the sources from Pompeii and Herculaneum is a full-colour text written to meet the course requirements for the HSC Ancient History Core Study:
‘Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum’ specifically. Developed by experienced Ancient History teachers and award-winning authors, Secrets of Vesuvius draws on the latest research and academic scholarship to provide extensive stimulus material for students.
Call Number: 937.7 CAM
Pompeii and Herculaneum by Louise ZarmatiThe Heinemann Ancient and Medieval History series is a combination of site-specific and thematic topic books written specifically for the NSW and QLD senior Ancient History syllabuses. Overviews and relevant outcomes are included throughout the books.
Call Number: 937.7 ZAR
Pompeii and Herculaneum by Alison E. Cooley; M. G. L. CooleyThe original edition of Pompeii: A Sourcebookwas a crucial resource for students of the site. Now updated to include material from Herculaneum, the neighbouring town also buried in the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebookallows readers to form a richer and more diverse picture of urban life on the Bay of Naples. Focusing upon inscriptions and ancient texts, it translates and sets into context a representative sample of the huge range of source material uncovered in these towns. From the labels on wine jars to scribbled insults, and from advertisements for gladiatorial contests to love poetry, the individual chapters explore the early history of Pompeii and Herculaneum, their destruction, leisure pursuits, politics, commerce, religion, the family and society. Information about Pompeii and Herculaneum from authors based in Rome is included, but the great majority of sources come from the cities themselves, written by their ordinary inhabitants - men and women, citizens and slaves. Encorporating the latest research and finds from the two cities and enhanced with more photographs, maps, and plans, Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebookoffers an invaluable resource for anyone studying or visiting the sites.
Call Number: 937.7256 COO
New Insights About What Happened At PompeiiNew archaeological research has pushed experts to re-examine their understanding of Pompeii.
The Roman town was destroyed during the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79CE. Since its rediscovery in 1748 it has been a place of learning. While it still offers a unique opportunity to study an entire Roman town, there's a challenge that comes with that. How do you correctly interpret a site that was initially unearthed so long ago?
Modern archaeology provides new tools to chip away at the secret.
Guests on this podcast include :
Dr Estelle Lazer - forensic archaeologist, University of Sydney
Dr Eric Poehler - Associate Professor in Classics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Director of the Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project
Dr Gillian Shepherd - Director of the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe University
Dr Steven Ellis - Associate Professor in Classics, University of Cincinatti, Director of the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia
The Eruption of Vesuvius on A.D. 79: Reconstruction from Historical and Volcanological EvidenceReinterpretation of the volcanological and historical evidence shows that the eruption of Vesuvius in A. D. 79 consisted of two main phases. The initial 18 to 20-hour Plinian phase caused extensive pumice-fall south of the volcano, resulting in the slow accumulation of a pumice layer up to 2.8 m. thick over Pompeii and other regions to the south. Much of the population fled the area during this non-lethal phase. On the second day of activity the Peléan phase occurred, when a series of nuées ardentes or hot ash-avalanches swept down the south and west flanks of the volcano, affecting the region as far as Misenum, 30 km. to the west. The first of two nuées ardentes which inundated Pompeii over-whelmed and asphyxiated those who remained above ground in the city and their bodies were immediately interred in the fine-grained deposit. The effects of the Peléan activity were even more severe west and north-west of Pompeii, resulting in burial of the cities of Oplontis and Herculaneum by a series of nuée ardente deposits.
Unpeeling Pompeii by Michael Fulford and Andrew Wallace-HadrillAn archeological chronology of the ancient city of Pompeii was developed by relying on stratigraphy instead of the usual investigation of standing buildings. This stratigraphic study of Insula 9 of Regio I in the southeast section of the city raises doubts regarding assumptions about changes that result from natural disasters as well as historical events, including shifts in the ethnicity of the dominant class. This analysis of the subsoil should serve as a control on conclusions reached through investigations of standing buildings.
A re-evaluation of manner of death at Roman Herculaneum following the AD 79 eruption of VesuviusDestroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, Herculaneum is one of the world's most famous Roman setdements. Exacdy how the victims died during the eruption, however, remains unclear. The authors address this issue by examining changes in bone apatite structure and collagen preservation, combined with collagen extraction. Results suggest that the prolonged presence of soft tissue, as well as the stone chambers in which inhabitants had sought shelter, acted as thermal buffers that minimised the heat-induced degradation of skeletal tissues. The results have implications for the interpretation of large residential sites and for contexts where heating and burning is associated with buildings.
A hypothesis of sudden body fluid vaporization in the 79 AD victims of VesuviusIn AD 79 the town of Herculaneum was suddenly hit and overwhelmed by volcanic ash-avalanches that killed all its remaining residents, as also occurred in Pompeii and other settlements as far as 20 kilometers from Vesuvius. New investigations on the victims' skeletons unearthed from the ash deposit filling 12 waterfront chambers have now revealed widespread preservation of atypical red and black mineral residues encrusting the bones, which also impregnate the ash filling the intracranial cavity and the ash-bed encasing the skeletons. Here we show the unique detection of large amounts of iron and iron oxides from such residues, as revealed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and Raman microspectroscopy, thought to be the final products of heme iron upon thermal decomposition. The extraordinarily rare preservation of significant putative evidence of hemoprotein thermal degradation from the eruption victims strongly suggests the rapid vaporization of body fluids and soft tissues of people at death due to exposure to extreme heat.
The Herculaneum Conservation Project has been working at the archaeological site since 2001. Click on the 'Read More' link for more information. Including conference papers, academic articles and book chapters.