Layers of Pompeii is a documentary film addressing the range of interests and interpretations of both the ancient and modern cities of Pompeii, Italy. The film is concerned less with the eruption of 79AD and more with the contemporary inhabitants of the archaeological site and those living in the adjacent modern city that supports a tourist industry of 10,000 visitors a day. The juxtaposition of ancient and modern, the archaeological and the touristic, questions the role that archaeology can (and should) play in contemporary society. Unearthing the perspectives and desires of modern Pompeiians and placing these alongside those of the archaeologists, creates a dynamic representation of the variety of meanings that Pompeii inspires – as a site for cultural identity, local economy, and archaeological research.
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