Pompeii’s greatest mystery has been solved

An extraordinary discovery has just changed what we know about Pompeii.

Pompeii Italy

Pompeii Italy. Picture: Shutterstock

The Roman city was thought to have been destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79AD.

However, excavations have uncovered charcoal writing on a wall at the site that corresponds to the date October 17.

Archaeologists found the writing in a house that was under renovation just before the fatal eruption.

“Being charcoal, fragile and evanescent, which could not last a long time, it is more than likely that it was written in October 79 AD,” Massimo Osanna, head of the Pompeii site told reporters.

Italy’s culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli says the discovery is “extraordinary”.

“Today, with a lot of humility, maybe we’re rewriting the history books,” Mr Bonisoli says.

The original date of August 24 came from an account of the volcanic eruption that was written nearly 30 years after the event. Archaeologists now say Pompeii was destroyed in late October.


5 destinations that are better by cruise ship 6 things you need to see in Beijing China

Germany’s best Christmas markets


Holidays You May Also Like

Top Cruise

16 Night Cruise the Heart of Europe

This fifteen-day river cruise takes you on an amazing journey from Cologne in the heart of the Rhine valley to Vienna...
16 Nights

14 Night Iceland And British Isles on Queen Victoria

Encounter snowy volcanoes and mighty glaciers on this voyage to Iceland which includes an overnight in lively Reykjavik. Calls to...
14 Nights
Bucket list

15 Night Italy, Greece and Spain on Norwegian Dawn

Its entire old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the mirror-smooth Bay of Kotor is ideal for exploring...
15 Nights
Flights incl

9 Night Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

Welcome aboard the first class river cruise ship, your luxury, floating hotel for the next seven nights. From the exceptional...
9 Nights
Flights incl

9 Night The Blue Danube River Cruise

Stepping aboard you will appreciate the superb surroundings of your floating luxury hotel for the next seven nights with spacious...
9 Nights
Solo Tour

9 Night The Seine, Paris & Normandy River Cruise for Solo Travellers

From medieval conquests to Impressionist painting, this Paris and Normandy River Cruise snapshots French history for solo travellers.
9 Nights