ANCH315 The Shadow of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 11 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites any 12cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ANCH415 or ANCH515


There are two options for Assessment 3. Students must complete either an Essay or a UNE Supervised Examination (paper-based or online). See assessment information for further details.

Combined Units ANCH515 - The Shadow of Vesuvius: Pompeii and Herculaneum
Coordinator(s) Bronwyn Hopwood (
Unit Description

On 24 August AD79 Mount Vesuvius erupted. Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Campi Flegrei (fields of fire) were buried in the mass disaster. Excavation of the disaster site began in 1748 and in 1997 it received World Heritage status. Today the Vesuvian region hosts millions of tourists annually. This unit is a multi-disciplinary study of the Vesuvian mass disaster, and controversies arising from the excavation, conservation, and display of its sites, artefacts, and human remains. The core modules investigate the Forensics and Volcanology of the disaster. Elective modules enable students to explore Pompeii and Herculaneum from a range of disciplinary perspectives and to appreciate the contribution of forensics and volcanlogy to the study of this mass disaster.

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Pompeii and Herculaneum: A Sourcebook

ISBN: 9780415666800
Cooley, A.E. and Cooley, M.G.L., Routledge 2nd ed. 2013

Note: This edition (ISBN: 9781315885759) and the 2004 edition (ISBN: 9780203506080) are also available as e-books from the Dixson Library, UNE.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Quiz: Volcanology and Forensic Science Modules

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Assessment 2 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Formal Essay of 2000 words consisting of a 200 word synopsis and a 1800 word essay.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Assessment 3-OPTION A 2 hrs 15 mins 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

UNE Supervised Examination. UNE Exams Unit Paper or Online Supervised Exam.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1,3,4,5

Compulsory Assessment 3-OPTION B 40% 2000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the Vesuvian Mass Disaster of AD79, and in particular of the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives;
  2. research the Vesuvian mass disaster of AD79, thereby demonstrating the ability to work with self-direction, well-developed judgement, and responsibility as a learner;
  3. review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise written and non-written evidence from Pompeii and Herculaneum, with particular emphasis on the application of forensic methodological approaches to that evidence with competence;
  4. demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the volcanology of Mt Vesuvius and the Campi Flegrei, and topography of Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii, and Herculaneum; and, an ability to evaluate the evidentiary limitations that affect the forensic investigation of the Vesuvian Mass Disaster of AD79;
  5. analyse, generate, and transmit well-developed judgements about the forensic investigation, interpretation, preservation, and display/communication of the sites, artefacts, and human remains of the Vesuvian Mass Disaster with competence; and
  6. construct and communicate a logical, evidence-based written argument demonstrating well-developed writing skills dealing with the complex problems involved in investigating the Vesuvian mass disaster.