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Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski

Born 1910-07-10 York, NE (USA)

Died 2008-12-24
Silver Spring, MD (USA)

Jashemski did extensive research on Pompeii and excavated there from 1964 forward. Her work there involved scholarly investigations of ancient gardens. Stanley was her photographer and together they produced over 30,000 photos.
From 1961 to 1983 she directed the University of Maryland's digs . By 1980 she had excavated 600 ancient gardens and received an honorary Doctors of Humanities degree from University of Nebraska.

"Life is still much the same. Did you know I have never found a garden in Pompeii that did not have a dog?"

Places Lived

York, NE
Walthill, NE
Chicago, IL
Indianapolis, IN
St. Charles, MO
College Park, MD
Silver Spring, MD

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Archaeology; Gardening in Antiquity; Garden Archaeology


A.B., 1931, York College
M.A., 1933, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
PhD. in Ancient History (specializing in Roman Law), 1942, University of Chicago


Instructor in Ancient History, Latin, Greek

Places Worked

Indiana Central College
Lindenwood College, Missouri
University of Maryland


Tatiana Warsher Award in Archaeology, American Academy, Rome, 1968
National Endowment for the Humanities senior fellowship, 1968-1969
National Endowment for the Humanities research grants,1972-1974
Phi Beta Kappa


American Historical Association
Archaeological Institute of America
American Philological Association
Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
Association Internatonale d'Epigraphie Latine
American Associa tion of University Professors


The Origins and History of the Proconsular and Propraetorian Imperium. 1950.
Letters From Pompeii. 1963 (youth book illustrated by S. Jashemski)
Pompeii and the Region Destroyed By Vesuvius in A.D. 79. 1965. (illustrated by S. Jashemski)
The Gardens of Pompeii, Herculaneum.
And Stabiae.

Contributor to:
Natural History
History Today
Classical Journal
American Journal of Archaeology
American Journal of Science

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