Ancient dating

The tombs, located on the west bank of the river Nile in a cemetery for noblemen and top officials, are the latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs spanning different dynasties of ancient Egyptian history.“It’s truly an exceptional day,” Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said.

“The 18th dynasty private tombs were already known.

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The ministry said one tomb has a courtyard lined with mud-brick and stone walls and contains a six-meter (yard) burial shaft leading to four side chambers.

The artifacts found inside were mostly fragments of wooden coffins.

in 2014, shows that the drama of the destruction of the Roman town by eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD still remains a strong lure to popular culture.

While there are always some quibbles with the historical accuracy of films, one aspect of Pompeii that few viewers would have questioned was its summertime setting.

But for the 79 AD eruption and one other, they dispersed in a southeasterly direction.

Wind data collected over a period of 20 years established that from October to June, the prevailing wind conditions matched the northeasterly dispersal patterns of the tephra.

‘at the end of autumn.’” So, the traditional date cannot be relied upon, because of ‘Chinese whispers’ that have occurred between the original document and later copies.

However, offers a solution and there is significant evidence to support the October date.

Pliny the Younger, in a letter to his friend, Cornelius Tacitus, described it in vivid detail. “The traditional date of 24 August comes from the letter of Pliny the Younger (VI.16). Roman dates often were confused in the process of copying manuscripts, so we cannot be sure of the 24 August date, and there is a chance Pliny wrote 24 October.

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