James M Deem regularly visits schools and libraries in the United States and around the world to speak about his experiences researching and writing Bodies from the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii. His presentation includes many rare images that he discovered in the photographic archive at Pompeii.
When speaking about Pompeii, James M Deem discusses what life was like in Pompeii before the famous eruption of AD 79. He describes the eruption of Vesuvius and its effect on the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. He explains what happened to Pompeii afterwards and why it remained buried for 1700 years. He describes how Pompeii was accidentally uncovered and the types of objects and remains that were found there. He explains how the rediscovery of Pompeii has enabled scientists and historians to understand better what life was like in ancient Rome times.
Finally, he describes how the plaster casts were made and why they are so important. He also discusses some of the stories archaeologists have told (and imagined)about the casts and why (using critical thinking skills) they should often be discounted.
His presentation can be tailored specifically for your curriculum.
To arrange a visit, please contact James M. Deem.