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Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard

Documentary. With unparalleled access to Pompeii and featuring cutting-edge modern technology, Mary Beard guides us through this amazing slice of the ancient world.

With unparalleled access to Pompeii and featuring cutting-edge modern technology, Mary Beard guides us through this amazing slice of the ancient world.

For the first time ever, CT scanning and x-ray equipment bring new light to the secrets of the victims of the 79 AD eruption. Mary unpacks the human stories behind the tragic figures - gladiators, slaves, businesswomen and children.

She goes behind the scenes of the Great Pompeii Project, where restoration teams have gradually removed the layers of time and deterioration from the frescoes and mosaics of houses closed to the public for decades. And with the help of point-cloud scanning technology, Pompeii is seen and explained like never before.

Mary has unprecedented access to hidden storerooms and archaeological labs packed to the hilt with items from daily life: plumbing fittings, pottery, paint pots, foodstuff and fishing nets. As she pieces it all together, Mary presents a film that is a celebratory and unique view of life in this extraordinary town.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 24 Mar 2016 02:15

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Mary Beard
Writer Mary Beard
Director Ian A Hunt
Producer Elena Mortelliti
Film Editor Nigel Timperley
Executive Producer Richard Bradley
Executive Producer Caterina Turroni
Director of photography David Langan
Sound Recordist Tim Hodge
Composer Neil Cartwright
Production Company Lion Television
Production Company At Land Productions

Broadcasts

  • Thu 3 Mar 2016 21:00
  • Wed 16 Mar 2016 23:35
  • Thu 17 Mar 2016 00:05
  • Thu 17 Mar 2016 00:35
  • Thu 24 Mar 2016 02:15

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Mary Beard on her love of the Roman town, and why there’s always something new to see.