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Posted on 08/06/2010 8:48:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A royal tomb in an Etruscan necropolis in central Italy has yielded fresh archaeological finds during a summer dig, researchers say.
Tarquinia, one of the richest Etruscan sites in the Lazio region of Italy, is home to dozens of tombs, but researchers were only recently given permission to excavate the "Queen's Tomb" in detail, ANSA reported.
Dating to the mid-seventh century B.C., the crypt is thought to have been a royal burial site although no remains have ever been found.
Researchers uncovering the crypt say they are finding images and decorations found in other contemporary cultures, suggesting the ancient city had much wider links with the outside world than previously thought.
Archaeologists believe the royal tomb was created by a team of foreign architects and craftsmen, strong evidence of a solid network of ties and trade with other civilizations, they said.
The necropolis of Tarquinia contains 6,000 graves cut into the rock but has won worldwide fame for its painted tombs.
Nearly 200 crypts at the site are decorated with frescos in the early Etruscan and Greek style.
Considered one of the most important galleries of ancient art, the Tarquinia necropolis has been on UNESCO's world heritage list since 2004.
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WHO will be the first to post a Helen Thomas picture??????
If I knew how, I would post one of Victor Mature. I always thought he looked Etruscan
Very interesting, them Etruscans..
Lusty bunch, no?
Archaeologists believe the royal tomb was outsourced to a team of foreign architects and craftsmen, strong evidence of a solid network of ties and trade with India.
These two large Etruscan cemeteries reflect different types of burial practices from the 9th to the 1st century BC, and bear witness to the achievements of Etruscan culture. Wich over nine centuries developed the earliest urban civilization in the nothern Mediterranean. Some of the tombs are monumental, cut in rock and topped by impressive tumuli (burial mounds). Many feature carvings on their walls, others have wall paintings of outstanding quality. The necropolis near Cerveteri, known as Banditaccia, contains thousands of tombs organized in a city-like plan, with streets, small squares and neighbourhoods. The site contains very different types of tombs: trenches cut in rock; tumuli; and some, also carved in rock, in the shape of huts or houses with a wealth of structural details. These provide the only surviving evidence of Etruscan residential architecture. The necropolis of Tarquinia, also known as Monterozzi, contains 6,000 graves cut in the rock. It is famous for its 200 painted tombs, the earliest of which date from the 7th century BC.
Lycian Influence To The Indian Cave Temples
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spring of 2000 | Takeo Kamiya
Posted on 07/11/2005 10:37:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
I figured it wuz gonna come up, so I wuzzn’t gonna wait. ;’)
Wholeheartedly agree. When I was in high school (wow, that was a while back already, never mind) I always took study hall in the library (if I could); I picked up some coffeetable book, maybe a Nat Geog omnibus volume that they were pushing hard back in the 1970s (”This England” is one I’m still more or less on the lookout for, in estate sales and whatnot). It had a series of articles about various little-known groups from a wide range of historians, including one title “The X-Group Enigma” (about a dig in the Upper Nile valley somewhere) and “The Etruscans: An Historical People Who Left No History”.
Just let me know when they find an Etruscan-Latin dictionary. Please.
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