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Public and Private architectural structures and spaces: How much of P and H has been excavated?

2/3 of P excavated, only about 4 blocks for H with rest hidden under modern town Resina.

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Public and Private architectural structures and spaces: why does the few public buildings and spaces in H and no forum as in P mean?

limiting evidence to understand political and commercial life in H.

3

Public and Private architectural structures and spaces: stealing/looting/lack of documentation?

- much of archeology discovered has disappeared forever and many of 800 houses and 600 shops/workshops excavated not subject to serious study.
- without knowledge of artefacts, decorations and epigraphy associated with buildings, many removed or stolen without any record of their context = hard to deduce such things as ownership, function of room, standard of living and status of ppl who used building.

4

Public and Private architectural structures and spaces: what is there no evidence to check against or not enough?

literary evidence

5

Public and Private architectural structures and spaces: early archeologists problems?
Quote evidence

didn't know how to properly analyse architecture of private structures.
Dorothea Castell "we are missing most of the factors to create an overall picture."

6

Written sources: for Pliny the Younger letter to tacitus?

not written until 25 years later and his eyewitness account was from Misenum (132km away) - stages of eruption described by Pliny have been verified in 20th C by Haraldur Sigurosson's analysis of P ash deposit

7

Written sources: limitations and reliability?

-graffiti provides personal views but reliability problematic
- no personal writings (letter, poems, stories/lists) found on either site.
- gaps in written record

8

Archeology: what has occurred due to the antiquarian approach to site from time of discovery?

led to loss of artefacts and damage to buildings
no systematic approach to excavation until Fiorelli.

9

Archeology: Conservation?

haphazard approach to conserv. until 1970s.
inadequacy of restoration technique result in damage of site.
Admin/financial limitations or suspected corruption relating to restoration programs caused damage to some buildings and artefacts.

10

Archeology: examination of eruptions?

no systematic examination and analysis of stratigraphy to understand the eruption and effect until sigurosson.

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Archeology: human remains?

human remains, especially bones, not seen as valuable in analysis until 1980s