Skip to comments.FSU Etruscan expert announces historic discovery at ancient site [ Cetamura ]
Posted on 06/30/2006 11:35:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
"The building has a highly irregular plan, with stone foundations 3 or 4 feet thick," she said. "One wing of the building is about 60 feet long, flanking a space that has walls running at right angles. Some walls run on a diagonal to the grid, or are curved. There are paved areas alternating with beaten earth floors and what I believe to be a large courtyard in the middle. Some of the foundations are so heavy and thick that they could easily have supported multistoried elements. Within the building's courtyard, de Grummond said, is a freestanding sandstone platform that likely served as an altar. A few feet away, she and her students unearthed "the most fascinating find of all - a pit filled with burnt offerings for the gods.
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Nancy de Grummond and Jim Harding, an FSU classics graduate student, lift a large Etruscan storage vessel from the sacrificial pit at Cetamura, and get their first view of the underside of the base of the vessel.
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Doing archeology in Tuscany would be about as good as it gets.
why do we imagine that all the ancient peoples sat around burning things for 'the gods'
Maybe they were just burning garbage so the flies didn't gather
I thought exactly the same thing when I read this earlier today.
Enjoying the view and the wine would work for me.
Big Joe: What are you doing?
Oddball: I'm drinking wine and eating cheese, and catching some rays, you know.
Its beautiful, man.
All you need is the occasional photo of yourself holding up an old piece of pottery or whatnot, and everyone thinks you've been hard at work. :')