"Avellino" Eruption

The Impact on human life of the Vesuvius' Bronze Age "Avellino" Eruption

Webinar by Alessandro Vanzetti

(Sapienza University of Rome)

on April 14, 2021 at 5 pm (Brussels UTC+1)

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During the 3rd and early 2nd millennium an intense phase of volcanic eruptions characterized Campania, in Southern Italy, spreading from both eruptive centers of the Phlegraean fields and Vesuvius. Two disruptive events are recorded: Agnano Monte Spina, around 4.8 kyrs cal BP and the "Avellino" eruption, ca. 3.9 kyrs cal BP. The Avellino eruption is now rather well known and it caused in an extraordinary way the preservation of villages and landscapes, including field systems, dating to the Italian Early Bronze Age. The accurate reconstructions of the human occupation of the Campanian Plain and the possibility to discuss recovery time allows archaeologists and volcanologists to jointly provide relevant information about the past, as well models useful for planning the current monitoring of volcanic hazards.