Small Sphinx found in Etruscan tomb
|The sphinx was discovered in Vulci [Credit: ANSA]|
Archaeologists believe that the tomb had been broken into a long time ago but had not been entered recently. This leads the Superintendent's Office to believe that there may be remains of considerable value within.
|The excavation site at Vulci [Credit: ANSA]|
Ancient 'tomb raiders' usually only took with them ''tradable'' goods, especially precious metals, and left the rest. This would explain why the statue in the shape of a Sphinx was left in the tomb. According to an initial examination by archaeologists, the Vulci Sphinx may date back to the fifth or sixth century B.C.
|The Vulci Sphinx dates to the Fifth or Sixth century B.C. [Credit: ANSA]|
Source: ANSA [January 01, 2012]