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Strengths and limitations of available archaeological sources. Human and animal remains Mosaics and wall paintings Statues .Pompeii and Herculaneum. Human and animal remains.
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Human and animal remains
Mosaics and wall paintings
.Pompeii and Herculaneum.
In the House of the Golden Bracelet this cast of an adult and child were found near a second adult and child pair, they are believed to make up a small family group that was found under the staircase of the same house. The four were killed by the collapse of the staircase. It also provides evidence that religion was important as they lady is depicted as praying.
Plaster casts made from human remains show real people caught as they fled the eruption with their most prized possessions. The casts reveal objects that illuminate the inhabitants’ daily lives. The strengths of this cast provided detail on the stages of the eruption and information on types of occupants in the houses.
The limitation would be the belief that the two pairs were related is debated and the actions of the lady as praying is argued to be defence from the collapsing staircase.Cast of Victims Pompeii
The remains depict the occupation of bakeries in Pompeii, the donkeys were used to turn the mills which grinded the wheat using pumis to be used in bread.
The strengths of these remains is effective in revealing an industry of baking in Herculaneum and how it worked
The limitation of the remains could have been the donkeys were previously used for the above purpose but had not been used in some time as newer methods were preferred. This leads to incorrect information on the working of the mills.
Image depicted is not real evidence of the donkey foundDonkey occupation
This helped reveal evidence on the health of the people living in the region. The casts helped uncover that the teeth of the people were quite good due to seafood diets although were worn down due to pumis in the bread, there was fertility problem in the region, and some evidence of lead poison due to the pipes.
The bodies also provided evidence on occupations (from upper/lower body muscle definition) and the eruption and its stages (death form falling pumis, asphyxiation, heat etc
The strengths of these resin bodies is that they provide a lot of information about the eruption, the health of the people, occupations and life in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The limitations of the bodies is that some aspects of observing them can come down to assumptions and general knowledge, leading to the information not always being accurate.Resin casts health