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A catastrophe remembered: a meteorite impact of the fifth century AD in the Abruzzo, central Italy

  • Roberto Santilli (a1), Jens Ormö (a2), Angelo P. Rossi (a3) and Goro Komatsu (a3)


A meteorite impact crater in the Sirente mountains, central Abruzzo has recently been dated to the four/fifth century AD. The author shows that this catastrophic event can be equated with a locally preserved legend which describes how local people saw a new star fall to earth during a pagan festival. Their conversion to Christianity was expeditiously effected … .



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