The Human Victims of Pompeii

As a site preserved as the result of the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD 79, Pompeii provides a unique opportunity to obtain information about a population who all died from the same known cause within a short period of time. Despite numerous discoveries of the remains of victims since the first official excavation in 1748, the human skeletons were largely ignored until the end of the 20th century. This is because 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 seminar will provide the results of the work that Dr Lazer has undertaken on the Pompeian victims