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    Naples, October 16 - A charcoal inscription uncovered during new excavations at Pompeii backs the theory that the Mount Vesuvius eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city took place in October of 79 AD, not August. The inscription is dated the 16th day before the calends of November - i.e. October 17.
        It is the latest in a series of important finds made during recent excavations of the Regio V section of Pompeii.
        "It is an extraordinary discovery," Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli. "The new excavations demonstrate the exceptional skill of our country"

     (foto: ANSA)

    Do You konw that one of the best Music Band ever went to Pompeii to play music?

    Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii  was a 1972 concert documentary film directed by Adrian Maben and featuring the English rock group Pink Floyd performing at the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Pompeii. Although the band performed a typical live set from the era, there was no audience beyond the basic film crew.

    The main footage in and around the amphitheatre was filmed over four days in October 1971, using the band's regular touring equipment.  The film was then re-released in 1974 with additional studio material of the band working on The Dark Side of the Moon, and interviews at Abbey Road Studios.

    Check this video Pink Floyd, Pompeii

    A detail of a large fresco shows the head of a decapitated woman.

    Life and death in Pompeii: Decapitated woman

    Restoring History with Technology

    This spring, for the first time, drones and laser scanners—along with archaeologists— were used in the excavation process.  With these new technologies, major discoveries have been made in the Regio V section of Pompeii.

    Pubs, shops, gardens, and art were uncovered throughout this recent excavation process.  There are alleys and streets that have never been seen before, as well as the entrance to a home that has been called the Domus.  This Domus is thought to have been owned by a wealthy family because of the magnificent art found inside. Within, there are frescoes and panels with a painted dolphin against a red background.

    Massimo Osanna, Pompeii’s site manager, explains the magnitude of the discovery: "For the first time as academics, we have come across objects, plasterwork and frescoes that have never been restored, that are in their original shape and colour without having been tampered with in past restoration. Now we also have the opportunity to carry out conservation work using the most advanced techniques, materials and experiences."

    Future Plans

    Osanna and his team’s main goal is to reconstruct the uncovered area, so visitors can explore the site further.  This laborious project will take around two years at an estimated cost of 8.5 million euros.


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