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Secrets of Vesuvius: Exploring the Mysteries of an Ancient Buried City

Secrets of Vesuvius: Exploring the Mysteries of an Ancient Buried City

by Sara C. Bisel

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-- Most readers can identify Pompeii as the Roman town buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. But another city, Herculaneum, suffered a similar fate, and until recently has been ignored by archaeologists and writers. This neglect has been very satisfyingly remedied by Bisel, who explains in a nontechnical manner how very much can be discovered about people by analyzing their skeletons; age, sex, general state of health, and even occupation and social class can often be determined. In 1982, Bisel helped to excavate a previously undiscovered group of skeletal remains on the site of Herculaneum, and this book grew out of that experience. The factual chapters, describing the painstaking excavation and analysis, are given a lively counterpoint by a narrative that depicts the re-created lives and eventual deaths of some of Herculaneum's citizens. The stunning illustrations, beginning with a two-page spread showing the city as it might have looked prior to the eruption, are intermingled with full-color photographs of art, artifacts, and the ruins as they look today--all uniformly excellent. A fine choice for collections needing more in the areas of ancient history and archaeology. --David N. Pauli, Missoula Public Library, MT

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Scholastic, Inc.
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8.66(w) x 11.02(h) x (d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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