Skip to comments.Skeleton of Ancient Prince Reveals Etruscan Life
Posted on 09/28/2013 1:09:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Found in Tarquinia, a hill town about 50 miles northwest of Rome, famous for its Etruscan art treasures, the 2,600 year old intact burial site came complete with a full array of precious grave goods.
"It's a unique discovery, as it is extremely rare to find an inviolate Etruscan tomb of an upper-class individual. It opens up huge study opportunities on the Etruscans," Alessandro Mandolesi, of the University of Turin, told Discovery News. Mandolesi is leading the excavation in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Southern Etruria.
A fun loving and eclectic people who among other things taught the French how to make wine, the Romans how to build roads, and introduced the art of writing into Europe, the Etruscans began to flourish around 900 B.C., and dominated much of Italy for five centuries.
Known for their art, agriculture, fine metalworking and commerce, the Etruscans begun to decline during the fifth century B.C., as the Romans grew in power. By 300-100 B.C., they eventually became absorbed into the Roman empire.
Since their puzzling, non-Indo-European language was virtually extinguished (they left no literature to document their society), the Etruscans have long been considered one of antiquity's great enigmas.
Indeed, much of what we know about them comes from their cemeteries. Only the richly decorated tombs they left behind have provided clues to fully reconstruct their history.
Blocked by a perfectly sealed stone slab, the rock-cut tomb in Tarquinia appeared promising even before opening it.
Indeed, several objects, including jars, vases and even a grater, were found in the soil in front of the stone door, indicating that a funeral rite of an important person took place there.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...
I don’t know how you find all of your incredible archaeology columns, but I’m glad you do!
It is an inane question. There is nothing to learn from a modern grave.
Very clever of the Etruscans to teach the French how to make wine, given that there were no such people as the French until centuries later.
Well said, thanks Civ.
French bread isn’t really French, either. :’)
Because there are things to learn.
So I can stop calling it "Freedom bread"?
Well, in this case they didn’t go for a court order because they didn’t etrusc the judge.
Never was etruria word said.