The finding of an inscription in charcoal made on the wall of a house in Pompeii, located south of Naples (Italy), could shift the eruption of Vesuvius until October of the year 79 that ended with the Roman city, which until now was dated on August 24.
The date of August 24, 79 comes from a letter from Pliny the Younger, where he recounted to Tacitus the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius and placed it "the ninth day before the calends of September." However, the inscription found in the new excavation areas of Pompeii was presented on Tuesday by the Italian Minister of Culture Alberto Bonisoli as a "extraordinary discovery"
The inscription, made in charcoal, is dated to 16 days of the calends of November, which corresponds to October 17. Being made of charcoal, a material that disappears quickly, researchers believe that the registration had to be carried out one week before the eruption, which according to this hypothesis occurred on October 24 of the year 79.
"The inscription that would move the date of the eruption of Vesuvius," Minister Bonisoli affirmed, "and the precious testimonies that still reappear on this site are one of the most evident testimonies of a culture that lives, that beats and that still wants to tell us those historical periods so far away from us. "