Italian archaeologists hail discovery of Etruscan warrior pr

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PostWed Sep 25, 2013 10:43 am » by Malogg


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Italian archaeologists hail discovery of Etruscan warrior prince's tomb

Italian archaeologists have hailed as remarkable the discovery of an intact tomb containing the skeleton of a presumed Etruscan warrior prince who lived 2,700 years ago.

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An intact tomb containing the skeleton of a presumed Etruscan warrior prince Italian archaeologists have hailed as remarkable

The intact necropolis, one of the very few not to have been robbed by tomb raiders, contained the skeleton of the man, who is thought to have been on noble origins.
The skeleton was lying on a raised stone platform, surrounded by clay pots painted with faded Etruscan motifs.
The discovery was made near the modern-day Italian town of Tarquinia in Lazio, in what was the heart of the Etruscan state.
Archaeologists also found gold jewellery and seals, as well as a lance, a javelin and other ceremonial objects befitting a person of royal status.
The entrance to the necropolis, which was dug seven centuries before the birth of Christ, was covered by a huge slab of stone, which archaeologists carefully removed.

"The last tomb to be discovered intact, and not broken into, was found more than 30 years ago, but it had collapsed," Alessandro Mandolesi, professor of Etruscan studies at Turin University, told Corriere della Sera newspaper.
"This one is completely intact and may well reveal further surprises." The walls of the tomb, which is dug into tufa stone, are decorated with frescoes. It is part of a complex of tombs in a necropolis close to Tarquinia.
Archaeologists believe the area may also contain the tomb of Tarquinius Priscus or Tarquin the Elder, the son of a rich Greek merchant and a local noblewoman, who became the fifth king of Rome, ruling from 616 BC to 579 BC.
The Etruscan civilisation developed from around seven centuries before Christ and encompassed modern-day Tuscany, parts of Umbria and the northern part of Lazio, the region which includes Rome.
It was eventually absorbed into the Roman Republic in the 4th century BC.
The hills and valleys of southern Tuscany are still honeycombed by Etruscan tombs, many of which are open to the public.

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PostWed Sep 25, 2013 2:12 pm » by Tuor10


Nice post, Malogg.

My mum's Husband is a construction engineer. Some years ago, while working in Blackfriars, they unearthed a tomb of a Roman centurion, that had originally been found by the Victorians when they were building the London Sewage system.

The Etruscians were a sophisticated civilization, which the Romans based their own foundations on.

Very interesting.



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