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Peering inside Pompeii's victims: Scans reveal unprecedented detail

Peering inside Pompeii's victims: Scans reveal unprecedented detail | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have spent the past year carefully restoring and scanning the preserved bodies of 86 Romans who died when Mount Vesuvius erupted in Pompeii in 79AD.
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Secrets of what ancient mummies look like under their wrappings are finally being revealed

Secrets of what ancient mummies look like under their wrappings are finally being revealed | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Technology like CT scans shows what the mummies look like inside their wrappings, including how thick their skin is and what their faces look like.
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Laser images used to reveal Snowdonia's ancient history - BBC News

Laser images used to reveal Snowdonia's ancient history - BBC News | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Laser radar technology is being used to carry out the biggest ever archaeological survey of Snowdonia.
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Papers from the Institute of Archaeology

Papers from the Institute of Archaeology | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Article: Presenting Pompeii: Steps towards Reconciling Conservation and Tourism at an Ancient Site
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Alexander the not so Great: History through Persian eyes - BBC News

Alexander the not so Great: History through Persian eyes - BBC News | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Alexander the Great is feted in Western history books but his legacy looks very different from a Persian perspective, writes Prof Ali Ansari.
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Dr Estelle Lazer - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

Dr Estelle Lazer - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Sydney University Archeologist Dr Estelle Lazer has spent much of her time knee-deep in the bones of the citizens of Pompeii.

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Italian Bureaucracy Threatens Pompeii

Italian Bureaucracy Threatens Pompeii | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Conservationists warn that the city is dangerously exposed to the elements and poorly served by the red tape, lack of strategic planning and limited personnel of the site’s troubled management.

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The Ancient Graffiti Project: Pompeii and Herculaneum

The Ancient Graffiti Project: Pompeii and Herculaneum | Ancient History | Scoop.it
This new and progressing project will catalogue online the inscribed and scratched graffiti on the walls of Pompeii and Herculaneum. At the moment it focuses on Region 1 Insula 8. Visit the site, then search the database, or click on Reg.

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Cambridge's Mary Beard goes face to face with victims of Pompeii for new BBC documentary

Cambridge's Mary Beard goes face to face with victims of Pompeii for new BBC documentary | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Cambridge classicist Mary Beard returns to our television screens this week as she takes a step into the "ghoulish" past of one of the ancient world's most famous ruins.

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Elton John to rock Pompeii's Roman amphitheatre

Elton John to rock Pompeii's Roman amphitheatre | Ancient History | Scoop.it
British singer Sir Elton John will play an unusual concert this summer, inside an ancient Roman amphitheatre of Pompeii.
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Stolen Lives: Returning Identities to Pompeian Victims of the AD 79 Eruption - Sydney Ideas - The University of Sydney

Stolen Lives: Returning Identities to Pompeian Victims of the AD 79 Eruption - Sydney Ideas - The University of Sydney | Ancient History | Scoop.it
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DNA Suggests A Maternal “Dynasty” In Ancient Southwest Society - History in the Headlines

DNA Suggests A Maternal “Dynasty” In Ancient Southwest Society - History in the Headlines | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Using DNA from 14 people found buried in an elaborate complex in New Mexico, scientists concluded that elite status in the Chacoan society passed through the maternal line.
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Massive Statue of Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Found in City Slum

Massive Statue of Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Found in City Slum | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Watch archaeologists working in a present day eastern Cairo slum unearth what may be a statue depicting Pharaoh Ramses II.
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Digital Pompeii

Digital Pompeii | Ancient History | Scoop.it
This is clearly the week for digital reconstructions of Pompeii. Here is another one, which has some interesting reconstructions, despit
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24 Amazing Archaeological Discoveries

24 Amazing Archaeological Discoveries | Ancient History | Scoop.it
From the great, lost library of King Ashurbanipal to the toxic tomb guarded by the terracotta warriors of Shaanxi, here are the 24 most incredible archaeological findings of all time.
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Pompeii Made It Through a Volcano, but Can It Survive Vandals?

Pompeii Made It Through a Volcano, but Can It Survive Vandals? | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Thieves are chipping away at the remains of archaeological and cultural wonders, removing prieceless artifacts piece by piece. Can Italy stop the ruins from being ruined forever?
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BBC Two - Horizon, 1997-1998, The Curse of Vesuvius, Vesuvius eruption reconstruction

BBC Two - Horizon, 1997-1998, The Curse of Vesuvius, Vesuvius eruption reconstruction | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Find out how the people of Herculaneum and Pompeii died.

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British Museum beams Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition live to Sunderland cinema

British Museum beams Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition live to Sunderland cinema | Ancient History | Scoop.it
HISTORY will rise from the ashes when the first live broadcast of Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum is screened at the Sunderland Empire.

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How Pompeii brought ancient Roman wine back to life

How Pompeii brought ancient Roman wine back to life | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Made from ancient grape varieties grown in Pompeii, 'Villa dei Misteri' has to be one of the world's most exclusive wines.
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Tourists are finishing what the volcano started in Pompeii

Tourists are finishing what the volcano started in Pompeii | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Pompeii is facing another explosive threat — cruise ship tourists, who are destroying the ancient site as they traipse en masse through it, according to a United Nations official.

"Cruise tourists are wearing out the ruins of Pompeii. The entrance steps of the Temple of Apollo, in particular, have been ruined by the influx of tourists,” UNESCO official Adele Lagi said at a conference held by the nonprofit group I Love Pompeii.

Lagi said visitors should be diverted to other nearby archaeological sites, which are just as impressive but less crowded.

By contrast, about 3 million tourists trample through Pompeii every year.

"Tourists should know that there’s an untapped potential: Herculaneum receives 300,000 visits annually, the Villa Poppea only 30,000,” she said.

The conference was held to discuss the planned railroad hub at Pompeii that would connect the ruins to major Italian cities and other archaeological sites.

An I Love Pompeii spokesman said the rail hub could "bring great benefit not just to Pompeii but to other sites in the area," by distributing the flow of tourists more evenly among the key sites, the site reported.

But a press spokesman from the site there was no need to turn tourists away from Pompeii.



"High numbers of tourists concentrated in a single place does cause damage, but the way to avoid that is to redirect the itineraries within Pompeii and promote different parts of the site, such as the exhibitions and less-visited areas," she said.

Pompeii, once a thriving Roman city, was buried by ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
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Visitors get to see more ancient homes at Pompeii

Visitors get to see more ancient homes at Pompeii | Ancient History | Scoop.it
world news - Five newly restored houses which were once buried under the volcanic ash of mount Vesuvius can now be seen in the ruins of the ancient Roman city of
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