Cities of Vesuvius - Pompeii and Herculaneum


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Part I Core Study: Cities of Vesuvius – Pompeii and Herculaneum

Non-examinable background
· stages of occupation
· brief historical overview up to and including the eruption of AD 79
· early discoveries and brief history of the excavations
· representations of Pompeii and Herculaneum over time

Examinable content:

1 Geographical context
· the physical environment: the geographical setting, natural features and resources of Pompeii and Herculaneum
· plans and streetscapes of Pompeii and Herculaneum

2 The nature of sources and evidence
· the range of available sources, both written and archaeological, including ancient writers, official inscriptions, graffiti, wall paintings, statues, mosaics, human and animal remains
· the limitations, reliability and evaluation of sources
· the evidence provided by the sources from Pompeii and Herculaneum for:

3 Investigating, reconstructing and preserving the past
· changing methods and contributions of nineteenth and twentieth century archaeologists to our understanding of Pompeii and Herculaneum
· changing interpretations: impact of new research and technologies
· issues of conservation and reconstruction: Italian and international contributions and responsibilities; impact of tourism
· ethical issues: study and display of human remains

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