The Natural History of Pompeii

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Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski, Frederick G. Meyer
Cambridge University Press, Sep 19, 2002 - Art - 502 pages
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The sudden destruction of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the surrounding Campanian countryside following the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 preserved the remarkable evidence that has made possible this reconstruction of the natural history of the local environment. Following the prototype of Pliny the Elder's Natural History, various aspects of the natural history of Pompeii are discussed and analyzed by a team of eminent scientists, many of whom have collaborated with Jashemski during her years of excavation of several gardens in the Vesuvian area. This volume brings together the work of geologists, soil specialists, paleobotanists, botanists, palaeontologists, biologists, chemists, dendrochronologists, ichthyologists, zoologists, ornithologists, mammalogists, herpetologists, entymologists, and archaeologists, affording a thorough picture of the landscape, flora, and fauna of the ancient sites. The detailed and rigorously scientific catalogues, which are copiously illustrated, provide a checklist of the flora and fauna upon which future generations of scholars can continue to build.
 

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Contents

Mount Vesuvius before the Disaster
3
The Eruption of Vesuvius in A D 79
41
Paleosols of the Pompeii Area
65
Evidence from Wall Paintings
80
Pollen Analysis of Soil Samples from
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Degree of Carbonization
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Evidence from Wall Paintings
315
Evidence from
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Evidence from Wall Paintings
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Evidence from Wall Paintings
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Marine Invertebrates Freshwater Shells
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