Spotlight Lecture

New Discoveries and New Technologies in Pompeii and Herculaneum – Tuesday 24 November

Tuesday 24 November


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

There have been a number of new discoveries in Pompeii and Herculaneum and, more importantly, there have been many new techniques developed which have shed light on the people who lived and died in the Vesuvian cities. Studies of skeletons allow us to know intimate details of the lives of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, from the number of children borne by women, to the living conditions of slaves and the kinds of diseases people suffered in antiquity.  In addition, studies of the sewage in Herculaneum have been instrumental of giving us an idea of Roman diets, of the worms they suffered with and the means by which they cleaned themselves.

At the same time, new evidence has been unearthed, including a graffito found in a recently excavated house, which calls in to question the date of the eruption, while work done on the skulls of the Herculaneum victims provides chilling new clues about the ways in which the citizens of Herculaneum met their deaths. In this Spotlight Lecture, we will be exploring the new finds in Pompeii’s Regio V, including the gladiator fresco, the new victims found, as well as new thoughts about the lives of the people who lived in the Bay of Naples.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 24 November 2020

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:00 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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