Search for a funded project Funded projects Rebuilding after an earthquake: ancient experiences and innovations in Pompeii — RECAP Post-earthquake Reconstruction Ancient experiments and innovations at Pompeii Faced with recurrent risks, did Roman builders develop earthquake-resistant construction techniques? Following a multi-disciplinary approach, this project studies the consequences of the seismic impacts in Campania, and more specifically at Pompeii, dating methods in pompeii a dating methods in pompeii to determining the existence of a culture of seismic risk management in antiquity.
Pompeii stands out as it was the victim of two earthquakes before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. The project associates several complementary methods. The study of limestone concretions — deposits made from laminated sequences linked to annual cycles — allows a precise chronology of damage and repairs, while the archeomagnetism of the architectural terracotta allows for the precise dating of the phases of restoration.
This second example shows that the reconstruction of a private house also considered the risk factors in its methods for saving the decor.