Pompeii: a new finding modifies the date of Vesuvius eruptionOctober 18, 2018
New excavations in the old buried city of Pompeii, one of the most visited sites in southern Italy, have led to a truly historic find: an inscription in coal that apparently date the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in October of the year 79 of our era, two months later than previously thought.
The Minister of Culture, Alberto Bonisoli, attended the announcement of the find in Pompeii, where weeks ago archaeologists unearthed a garden painting in a house discovered during the excavations of a new sector of the site.
The inscription found in a house has the date equivalent to October 17 (one week before the eruption) and supports the idea that Vesuvius broke out not in August, as was thought, but later.
An inscription of charcoal discovered on the walls of one of the houses of Pompeii finally ends with the historical doubt about the date of the eruption of Vesuvius that buried the city.
Bonisoli said it was an “extraordinary” discovery, important for science, history, art and to highlight Italian expertise.
Most history books took the August date focusing on a letter from Pliny the Younger sent to Tacitus. But already some experts pointed out that the monk amanuensis who transcribed the letter in the Middle Ages could have made some mistakes, among them, the date.
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