Wilhelmina Feemster Jashemski

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Wilhelmina Mary Feemster Jashemski
Born(1910-07-10)July 10, 1910
DiedDecember 24, 2007(2007-12-24) (aged 97)
OccupationClassical scholar
Years active1935-2007
Known forThe Gardens of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Villas Destroyed by Vesuvius (1979)
Spouse(s)Stanley A. Jashemski

Wilhelmina Mary Feemster Jashemski (July 10, 1910 – December 24, 2007) was a noted scholar of the ancient site of Pompeii, where her archaeological investigations focused on the evidence of gardens and horticulture in the ancient city.[1]


Jashemski was born in York, Nebraska. She studied at York College, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Chicago. She began teaching in 1935, and taught at Lindenwood College, Missouri, before serving on the faculty of the University of Maryland from 1946 to 1980.[2]

Jashemski's work at Pompeii, Boscoreale, and Oplontis began in 1961 and continued until 1984. She is known for being a pioneer in the field of garden archaeology [1] She also worked on the excavation of the gardens of the villa of Hadrian at Tivoli. Jashemski is viewed as a pioneer of the field of garden archaeology in the ancient Mediterranean.[3] She was awarded the Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement by the Archaeological Institute of America in 1996, after the publication of the second volume of her work The Gardens of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Villas Destroyed by Vesuvius.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Her husband was the physicist Stanley A. Jashemski, who photographed many of her excavations for publication.

Jashemski was a member of Takoma Park Presbyterian Church for more than fifty years.[1]


  • The Origins and History of the Pro-consular and the Propraetorian Imperium to 27 BC. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1950.
  • Ed. with Elisabeth B. MacDougall. Ancient Roman Villa Gardens. Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on the History of Landscape Architecture VII. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Trustees for Harvard University, 1987.
  • The Gardens of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Villas Destroyed by Vesuvius 2 vol. New Rochelle, New York: Caratzas Bros., 1979, 1993.
  • [festschrift] Robert Curtis, ed. Studia Pompeiana & classica in honor of Wilhelmina F. Jashemski 2 v. New Rochelle, New York: Caratzas Bros., 1989.
  • A Pompeian Herbal : Ancient and Modern Medicinal Plants Austin: University of Texas, 1999.
  • ed. with Frederick Meyer The Natural History of Pompeii. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.


  1. ^ a b Holley, Joe. “Pompeian Historian Wilhelmina Jashemski.The Washington Post. January 14, 2008.
  2. ^ The University of Maryland. “Pompeii Resources in University of Maryland Libraries: Dr. Wilhelmina Jashemski.” Accessed December 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Carroll, Maureen. Earthly Paradises: Ancient Gardens in History and Archaeology. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.
  4. ^ Archeological Institute of America. “Wilhelmina and Stanley Jashemski Lecture.” Accessed November 21, 2011.