Farms in ancient Rome
Sections on Learning Italian
The findings were of the utmost importance on establishing the day of the final eruption, whether 26 August or October, which was long disputed since there existed four manuscripts of a letter of an eyewitness, Pliny the Younger: nonum kal. septembres (24 August), kal. novembres (1st November), III kal. novembres (30th October), non. kal. ... [novembres?] (24 October).
The discovery of amphorae containing grape juice just starting its fermentation phase, as well as nuts, dried figs, plums and pomegranates perfectly preserved, allowed to hypothesize a date in mid-autumn, perhaps 24 October.