The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, August 23, 2019

New Pompeii evidence rewrites Vesuvius eruption history
This file photo taken on March 2, 2014 shows the damaged wall of a tomb at the ancient ruins of Pompeii, near Naples, southern Italy. AFP PHOTO / MARIO LAPORTA.

ROME (AFP).- 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 said.

"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.

Pompeii is the second most visited tourist site in Italy, after the Colosseum in Rome, with more than three million visitors in the first eight months of this year.

© Agence France-Presse

Today's News

October 17, 2018

Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' to be restored - live at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Allen dead at 65

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac presents the first exhibition to focus on Georg Baselitz's breakthrough decade

Trump hangs painting of self at bar with Republican presidents

Christie's to offer the Eric Albada Jelgersma Collection

Andrew Jones Auctions announces highlights from its DTLA Collections & Estates Auction

West Coast Pop artist Mel Ramos dies at age 83

Bulgaria urged to save communist-era architectural 'masterpiece'

Jill Newhouse Gallery opens the first gallery exhibition in NY in over 40 years of the works of Eugène Delacroix

New Pompeii evidence rewrites Vesuvius eruption history

Christie's to present five works from the collection of Francois and Susan de Menil

Sotheby's to offer three paintings by Georgia O'Keeffe to benefit the Acquisitions Fund of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Centre Pompidou- Metz hosts an important exhibition featuring the night in modern and contemporary painting

Phillips announces highlights from November Photographs auction

The Musée de l'Elysée opens the first museum exhibition in Switzerland of Liu Bolin's work

Jeu de Paume opens the first museum exhibition devoted to the filmworks of Ana Mendieta

Exhibition explores fake news, sensationalist headlines, and conspiracy theories through jewelry

Anne Geene & Arjan de Nooy's 'The Universal Photographer' on view at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Finnish cult author Arto Paasilinna dies at 76

Two exceptional European paintings added to Toledo Museum of Art collection

World Heritage sites threatened by sea level rise

Seattle Art Museum appoints Dr. Theresa Papanikolas as Curator of American Art

Two paintings by Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo are on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful