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Death Comes to Oplontis: Recording and Analyzing Skeletons of Victims of Mt. Vesuvius (79 AD)
Kristina Killgrove, University of West Florida

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Faces of Oplontis (Web Resource)
Title: Faces of Oplontis
Author: Kristina Killgrove
Abstract: Faces of Oplontis is a website that highlights the 3D scanning and photogrammetry done in 2017 at the site of Oplontis, Torre Annunziata, Italy. Each 3D skull is annotated with relevant information about disease and taphonomy, and accessible through a web browser.
Year: 2018
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Primary URL Description: Website with 3D models of skulls of people who died at Oplontis in 79 AD.

Death comes to Oplontis: Victims of Vesuvius reveal life in 79 AD (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: Death comes to Oplontis: Victims of Vesuvius reveal life in 79 AD
Abstract: Numerous urban centers in the Bay of Naples were completely destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii and Herculaneum are the most famous of these, but other areas were also affected and are less understood, even today, because of their location underneath modern development. The villa complex of Oplontis is one of these. Partial excavations in the 1980s found more than 50 skeletons together in one room, killed by the catastrophic volcanic eruption. None of the skeletons had been studied, however, until 2017, when a team of UWF and University of Michigan archaeologists finished the old excavation and began to analyze the human remains. Although only one field season has been completed, this project has already revealed information about Roman life and death in 79 AD. One of the project's long-term goals is to digitally preserve this cultural heritage through 3D scanning and photomodeling, and the launch of a website with publicly accessible models from Oplontis is scheduled to coincide with this talk; audience members will get an exclusive preview.
Author: Kristina Killgrove
Date: 1/9/18
Location: Pensacola, Florida