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Unformatted text preview: preserved as a kind of perfect time capsule from the Roman past. What the Pompeii premise ignores is the all-too-often confused nature of site creation and interpretation, as well as the significant impact of post-depositional taphonomic processes. Even more troubling, the unquestioning adoption of the Pompeii premise long prevented a range of interesting questions being asked about the site. By focusing solely on the moment of destruction in AD 79, for example, investigation of the sites previous centuries of existence as an Oscan community and later as a colony of Roman veterans was precluded. Pompeii, the best known of all Roman cities, became Roman rather gradually, but that process, and its pre-Roman origins, has only recently begun to be seriously explored....
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- Spring '08