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Pompeii Graffiti May Rewrite Time Line of Vesuvius Eruption
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Graffiti scribbled on the wall of a Pompeii house that was being renovated in A.D. 79 may help solve a long-standing mystery about when Mount Vesuvius erupted that year, burying the Roman settlement in ash. There is little doubt among archaeologists and historians that Vesuvius erupted and destroyed Pompeii in the year A.D. 79. The writing includes no year, but the text was found in part of a house that was undergoing renovation at the time the eruption occurred, wrote a team of archaeologists that conducted the investigation in a statement released Oct. 16 by the Pompeii Parco Archeologico, a government agency in charge of archaeological and conservation work at Pompeii. read more
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