They discovered a message that gives the probable date of the eruption of Vesuvius.

The eruption of Vesuvius - which ended the destruction of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum - occurred in the year 79 of the Christian Era and, based on historical records, the researchers' estimates indicated that it had occurred on August 24. However, the discovery of a message left by a Pompeian worker seems to set a different date for what occurred.

Scrap preserved

Such a message consists of a pair of charcoal phrases found on the wall of a house situated on the archaeological site of Pompeii, and say, "the 16th day before the November calendars", and considering that 'calendars' means' first day of month ', the researchers made the calculations and concluded that the entries were made on October 17, 79 - which means that Vesuvius could not have erupted after that. Look:

Wall message

(IFLScience! / Pompeii / Archaeological Park)

Archaeologists found the message during restoration work of the house, and based on the delicate inscription - after all, it was made with coal and survived the passage of no less than 2, 000 years! - determined that the catastrophic eruption must have occurred on October 24, not August, as had been thought for centuries.

Archaeological site

(Pompeii Sites)

According to archaeologists, the message was left by a bricklayer who was apparently working on the renovation of the residence - which, by the way, was never completed ( think of a lengthy renovation! ) - and the note locates the eruption of volcano 2. months later than previously believed. Amazing how a place that has been studied, searched, visited and excavated for centuries continues to reveal secrets, right?


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