Herculaneum Uncovered

Herculaneum Uncovered

DVD - 2007
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Pompeii, the lost Roman city buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. has long been a source of fascination to archaeologists. Its sister city Herculaneum, buried in the same eruption but to a much greater depth, reveals an even more complete picture of Roman life. The high temperature of gases that engulfed Herculaneum perfectly preserved much of the ancient city. This film tells of the scientific advances in our knowledge of the two cities. The Herculaneum Conservation Project works with vulcanologists and forensic scientists to piece together the mystery of how the Herculaneans lived and died. Analysis of skeletons discovered in the 1980s show that death came swiftly, at temperatures of 500 degrees. Pompeii and Herculaneum now face a double threat: the cities are crumbling for lack of resources to conserve them, and Vesuvius is on course to erupt again.
Publisher: [United States] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780793693580
Branch Call Number: DVD 937.7 H418 2007
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: Closed-captioned


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Feb 12, 2017

Excellent overview of the devastation of AD79, as well as the ongoing excavation.


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