Evaluating Evidence of Pompeii & Herculaneum


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Where are the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum located?

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1. Why arethe sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum so significant?

2. In excavating Pompeii and Herculaneum, cavities were found within the hardened soil. Plaster was poured into the cavities, creating a cast of the shape of that space. What did these casts take the form of?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet/quiz will assess what you know about the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The questions will cover key topics like the area where these two sites are located and the reason they're important.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out how much you know about these points:

  • Forms of the casts poured into the soil when excavating Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Reason for the first excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Cause of the buildings at the excavation sites to deteriorate

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, including where they're located
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the importance of Pompeii and Herculaneum and the reason they were excavated
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason the buildings at Pompeii and Herculaneum have begun to deteriorate

Additional Learning

For more on the historical sites, you can read the lesson called Evaluating Evidence of Pompeii & Herculaneum. These key areas will be studied:

  • Brief history of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • First excavations under Napoleon and Giuseppe Fiorelli
  • Modern conservation and reconstruction techniques