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UNE unit code: ANCH315

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  • Not offered in 2021
  • Armidale Campus
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  • Yes
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  • No
Supervised exam
  • Yes
Credit points
  • 6

Unit information

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On 24 August AD79 Mount Vesuvius erupted. Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Campi Flegrei ('fields of fire') were buried in the mass disaster. Excavation of the disaster site began in 1748 and in 1997 it received World Heritage status. Today the Vesuvian region hosts millions of tourists annually. This unit is a multi-disciplinary study of the Vesuvian mass disaster, and controversies arising from the excavation, conservation, and display of its sites, artefacts, and human remains. The core modules investigate the Forensics and Volcanology of the disaster. Elective modules enable students to explore Pompeii and Herculaneum from a range of disciplinary perspectives and to appreciate the contribution of forensics and volcanlogy to the study of this mass disaster.
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Unit coordinator(s)

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Bronwyn HopwoodSenior Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the Vesuvian Mass Disaster of AD79, and in particular of the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives;
  2. research the Vesuvian mass disaster of AD79, thereby demonstrating the ability to work with self-direction, well-developed judgement, and responsibility as a learner;
  3. review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise written and non-written evidence from Pompeii and Herculaneum, with particular emphasis on the application of forensic methodological approaches to that evidence with competence;
  4. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the volcanology of Mt Vesuvius and the Campi Flegrei, and topography of Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii, and Herculaneum; and, an ability to evaluate the evidentiary limitations that affect the forensic investigation of the Vesuvian Mass Disaster of AD79;
  5. analyse, generate, and transmit well-developed judgements about the forensic investigation, interpretation, preservation, and display/communication of the sites, artefacts, and human remains of the Vesuvian Mass Disaster with competence; and
  6. construct and communicate a logical, evidence-based written argument demonstrating well-developed writing skills dealing with the complex problems involved in investigating the Vesuvian mass disaster.

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