Saturday, August 04, 2012

Champlin to give Pompeii talk at library Monday

WESTERLY — Westerly native Sara Champlin will give a talk about her research in Pompeii on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Westerly Library Auditorium.

The talk, sponsored by The Dante Society of Westerly, focuses on "one of the most fascinating archaeological findings in the history of the world," according to Dante Society President Lou Toscano, who said Champlin spent several weeks recently conducting masonry analysis at the ancient city.

"She and her team have been studying how the structure called the quadriporticus — or four-sided covered walkway — fit into the urban fabric of the city," Toscano said.

"It was one of the largest structures in the city and archaeologists are trying to determine what the space might have been used for," he said. "One theory suggests that it was a gladiator's training ground or barracks."

"Sara's fieldwork over the last two seasons has collected data using iPads and advanced technological methods," Toscano added. "Her presentation will shed some light on the subject at the most well-preserved Italian/Roman archaeological site."