Floating City Research: Pompeii

My group (Jess, Sarah, Clare and I) have decided that we would like to explore and present Pompeii for the floating city project. We wanted to look at something original and not just a normal city that had a plain history.

Facts and Statistics below;

Story time…..

Pompeii is an ancient Roman city in South Italy, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. It’s a very popular tourist city due to the interesting history the city carries. At the edge of Pompeii, there is a Volcano called Vesuvius, which has erupted more than 50 times in the past 2,000 years. This used to be a very lively city before one of the most deadly eruptions from Vesuvius. In 8th Century B.C., ancient Greeks settled into the city of 160 acres, this lead to the attraction of wealthy vacationers. They were just 5 miles from Vesuvius. The city had all kinds of people, elegant houses/villas and work and entertainment places; factories, artisan shops, taverns, cafes, brothels and bathhouses. Around 20,000 people lived here. August 24, 79 A.D., Vesuvius had an eruption which lasted 24 hours. It shot a large cloud of debris 12 miles high before a combination of pumice and ash rolled down the hill at 70 mph and 700 celsius. This lead to a sea of volcanic ash 16 feet deep that covered over 200 square miles. This killed more than 2,000 people as the ash preserved everything in its path; buildings, art, artefacts and even the positions of people inter last seconds which demonstrated everyday life. The city was abandoned for centuries before explorers discovered the site in 1748 and still to this day a third of the city lies buried. Although Vesuvius has not erupted since 1944, experts believe that another eruption is imminent. Currently, the population of Pompeii is 3 million; living within 20 miles of Vesuvius. 

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After reading about this city, I feel as though it is an interesting city to present as there was such a remarkable and unforgettable historic event that took place here. Also when having to model different objects from this city, it will be a challenge as they will have a lot of detail due to being destroyed – compared to being crisp and clean edges and objects etc. I am looking forward to getting plan together for the layout of the presentation and starting to design the objects that have been left behind/new objects and maybe even Vesuvius. There is a range of elements of this city that can be explored and modelled.

Pompeii Facts Website

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