In September, archaeologists in Tuscany discovered a perfectly sealed tomb in the necropolis of Tarquinia in Tuscany.
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The necropolis of Tarquinia, a UNESCO world heritage site, contains more than 6,000 graves cut into the rock, some up to 2,900 years old.
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Inside were two platforms cut from the rock. On one, a skeleton lay holding a lance.
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The other held the ashes of an individual that was mostly incinerated.
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Box of jewelry
The grave contained a beautifully-preserved pyx, or an embossed bronze-plated box, as well as several pieces of jewelry.
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The researchers also unearthed a flask, still hanging from a nail on the wall.
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At first glance, the tomb seemed to hold the body of a warrior holding a lance and his wife, whose jewelry was included in the tomb. But a bone analysis…Read More »
revealed that the skeleton holding the lance was in fact a 35 to 40-year-old woman. The find shows the problem with interpreting grave sites based on the objects found inside them. Less «
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Excavating the site
Here, the archaeologists excavate the site.
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Though Etruscan tombs are littered throughout the Tuscan countryside, it's rare to find one that hasn't been thoroughly looted, and even rarer to find…Read More »
a tomb housing the elites of society. As such, the new site provides unique insight into Etruscan culture. Less «
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