2018-10-25 19:48:35 UTC
A charcoal inscription on a house wall suggests that the final
destructive eruption that buried Pompeii occurred in October 79 rather
"A newly-discovered inscription at Pompeii proves the city was destroyed
by Mount Vesuvius after October 17, 79 AD and not on August 24 as
previously thought, archeologists said Tuesday.
Archeologists recently discovered that a worker had inscribed the date
of "the 16th day before the calends of November", meaning October 17, on
a house at Pompeii, the head of archeology at the site, Massimo Osanna,
told Italian media.
Pompeii and Herculaneum were previously thought to have been destroyed
by the massive eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, based on
contemporary writings and archeological finds.
Nevertheless, evidence such as autumnal fruits on branches found in the
ashen ruins had suggested a later date since the 19th century, Osanna
"Today, with much humility, perhaps we will rewrite the history books
because we date the eruption to the second half of October," said
Italy's Minister of Culture Alberto Bonisoli."