Geoarchaeology Rocks!

To coincide with the recent Pompeii exhibition at the British Museum, Notre Dame Classics students seized the opportunity to take part in a Geoarchaeology workshop at the college focussed on Vesuvius, the volcano which destroyed the ancient Italian towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD. Students investigated why the volcano was so devastating, burying a vast area in its path.

University of Sheffield archaeological postgraduate student Alison Jolley (originally from Canada) brought in artefacts and samples of soil and rock from volcanic areas to help students decide what aspects of the volcano caused the most casualties. Students also saw the damage modern day volcanoes can cause with footage from Unzen volcano in Japan.

Alison working with Notre Dame students