The first and most important question meant to be answered by this research is: why was liquid iron used in repairing streets? Since so little is known about this technique, there is a lot more we could ask, such as: in what way was the iron used? How was the iron applied to the streets in molten form? Who was responsible for applying it? Where did the material come from? The Iron Streets of Pompeii project examines an unusual technique to repair and maintain Pompeian Streets after years of wear and tear by pouring liquid iron in between the pavement stones and into their ruts.
By joining morphological data and distributional data, my goal was to create an interactive webpage where users can locate important instances of iron deposits on a map of Pompeii. Comprehension of archaeological material is nearly impossible when examining artifacts out of context. This map will help situate all findings in a representational setting while providing all the data we collected in the field. Maps help us understand how this large scale and city-wide phenomenon operated in its full glory. They also aid in exploring every aspect, every relationship, and every pattern available in the data. Although it is unlikely this map can answer all of our research questions, it can help us grapple with the data in a way no other platform can.