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Pompeii and Herculaneum
Jim Walker
Monday 27 January 2020

Lecture starts at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm

Tickets at the door £5 (Friends £4) includes tea/coffee and biscuits


The Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum need no introduction to visitors holidaying on the Bay of Naples. The towns and several villages including numerous private villas in the area were buried for centuries under ash, pumice and mud following the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD.  The true number of casualties is not known but it has been estimated that around 20,000 people lost their lives in the Bay of Naples area as a result of the eruption.

Jim’s talk will look at the excavations that have uncovered the buried remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, showing Roman life as it was frozen in time in the 1st century AD.

After a career in the construction industry, Jim has had extensive experience in adult education, lecturing on Roman Scotland and Archaeology. He has been involved in excavations on the Antonine Wall for 40 years and is Past President of the Glasgow Archaeological Society, serving from 2009-2012.