Pompeii in the 21st Century Print

On Friday May 4, Eric Poehler will speak at the University of North Dakota Department of History. Some of this will be about work at Pompeii in general and some about Eric's work at the Quadriporticus.

How does one ask a novel question about a site that has been studied, nearly continuously for over 250 years? How does one come to new realizations when almost all new excavation is not permitted?

This is the challenge for Pompeian scholars in the 21st century, finding what the great minds of the past overlooked without being able to add large sets of new evidence. Paradoxically, a solution has been propelled by the moratorium on excavation into the areas still buried by ash of Vesuvius. Unable to discover new parts of the city, archaeologists turned to examine those parts already uncovered in both greater detail and in a wider context.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 15:46