Lombard cemetery unearthed near Udine

Graves unearthed in the northern Italian region of Friuli over the last several days held objects belonging to ancient Lombard warriors. 


Archaeologists excavated the tombs of men, women and children, some of which showed signs of past intrusions. 

Spears, swords, knives and bags containing coins and other iron objects were found in the men's tombs while combs and clips were found in the women's. 

In most cases, ceramic vases had been placed at the foot of the graves. At the center of the necropolis was the tomb of a veiled woman with a bronze clasp pinning the cover to her head and a gold-embossed cross placed on her chest. 


The 30 tombs compose one of the largest Lombard cemeteries discovered to date, including those unearthed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries said to contain Lombard aristocracy and other graves found nearby in the 1960s. 

Local authorities have set up surveillance in the excavations as archaeologists continue to recover objects for transfer to the town's National Archaeological Museum. 

Source: ANSA [February 13, 2012]

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