The Tomb of an Etruscan Prince   Leave a comment

Sealed Tomb

In September, archaeologists in Tuscany discovered a perfectly sealed tomb in the necropolis of Tarquinia in Tuscany.

Vast necropolis

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.


Inside were two platforms cut from the rock. On one, a skeleton lay holding a lance.

Ashes remaining

The other held the ashes of an individual that was mostly incinerated.

Box of jewelry

The grave contained a beautifully-preserved pyx, or an embossed bronze-plated box, as well as several pieces of jewelry.


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 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.

Grave goods

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 a tomb housing the elites of society. As such, the new site provides unique insight into Etruscan culture.




Posted October 20, 2013 by kitokinimi in Uncategorized

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