Humans as Artifacts: Inventing and Displaying Pompeian Body Casts
This talk examines the modern life histories of Pompeii’s body cast. It begins by tracing the development of the casting technique that created the most tangible and poignant remains of Pompeii. These casts however are far from being snapshots of that infamous day; rather, modern intervention, and even fabrication, have blurred the distinction between ancient and modern. With the imagined biographies assigned to the victims, to the methods of forming and displaying the casts, they potentially present distorted information about how the people lived and died. Recent scientific analysis seeks to remedy this and to reinstate their original identities as much as possible and reveal new details about who these people really were. This talk is one of three offered as part of the Museum’s “Pompeii Day.” It is sponsored by The Spokane Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.
- 10:30 a.m.
- Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 W. First Ave., Spokane
- Browne's Addition neighborhood, Downtown
- (509) 456-3931
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