It seems unlikely that the graffiti you see around today will be of much use to the historians of the future. And, of course, we don’t know whether the street art that graces our towns and cities will even survive for centuries to come. That’s not an impossible prospect, though, if a find made in Italy in 2018 is anything to go by. And after uncovering the graffiti, archaeologists at the location noticed that the daubings appeared to overturn what we thought we knew about the eruption in Pompeii.
Pompeii itself is perhaps among the most famous ancient Roman cities. Situated near the Bay of Naples in Italy, the locale is overlooked by Mount Vesuvius. And it was the almighty eruption of this volcano in 79 A.D. that has helped to cement Pompeii’s place in the history books.
Prior to that devastating eruption, however, Pompeii is thought to have been a thriving city of around 20,000 people. In fact, the locale had long been a popular vacation spot for wealthy families from across Rome. Accordingly, then, Pompeii was made up of elegant villas and paved streets where visitors could relax within a range of amenities.