Lecture: The Identification of the Miniaturised Garden of King Herod the Great

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Professor Kathryn Gleason will provide an overview of work she has undertaken in collaboration with Dr Dafna Langutt of Tel Aviv University.  This will include results of analysis of fossil pollen evidence from Herod’s Palace at Jericho as well as from the Villa Arianna at Pompeii.  She will call upon other evidence from excavations undertaken at Casa della Regina Carolina just south of the Forum which revealed not only garden features but also the remains of a house that was destroyed in the earthquake of 62AD, 17 years before the eruption.  This dwelling saw only partial excavation in the 19th Century. The recent excavation (2018-2021) combines innovative archaeological field methods applying new detection and recording techniques whilst also synthesising information from early excavations.

Kathryn Gleason is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University, New York State and a specialist on the archaeology of ancient Roman designed landscapes and landscape architectural history.  She was responsible for drawing up ’The Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology ’using techniques specially adapted from architectural and landscape archaeology and including “microarchaeology” for the identification of domestic activity areas.  Her work has included reconstruction of the original appearance of gardens but also how the transformation of lands into gardens reflects the practices of political power, fealty, resistance and daily life around the Roman Empire.

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