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Intact 7th century Etruscan chamber tomb unearthed at Vulci


An Etruscan chamber tomb dating to the second half of the seventh century BC has been excavated in the necropolis of Poggio Mengarelli, located in the Archaeological Park of Vulci.

Intact 7th century Etruscan chamber tomb unearthed at Vulci
Intact 7th century Etruscan chamber tomb unearthed at Vulci

A still intact assemblage of pottery of important artistic and historical value has been found in the tomb, one of the most ancient chamber tombs discovered to date.

"As soon as the stone sealing the tomb was removed, it was possible to make out two wine amphorae, a krater of local production decorated in the 'oriental style' of mainland Greece, a large bronze basin, a bucchero vase and the bones of the deceased" said Superintendent Alfonsina Russo.

Intact 7th century Etruscan chamber tomb unearthed at Vulci
Intact 7th century Etruscan chamber tomb unearthed at Vulci

“It’s a very important discovery because we have found one of the oldest chamber tombs of the Vulci necropolis",  she added.

"The vessels have not suffered any damage and we found them inside the tomb exactly as they had been placed 2,700 years ago."

Intact 7th century Etruscan chamber tomb unearthed at Vulci
Intact 7th century Etruscan chamber tomb unearthed at Vulci

It’s a unique discovery that confirms the commitment of the local administration and of the Vulci  Fundation to keep on financing and promoting the archaeological park to boost both historical knowledge and the local economy.

The archaeological campaign began on 29 September in response to the numerous illicit excavations by treasure hunters and its aim is to achieve a complete historical and archaeological reconstruction of the necropolis.

Intact 7th century Etruscan chamber tomb unearthed at Vulci
Intact 7th century Etruscan chamber tomb unearthed at Vulci

Thirty graves have been unearthed so far, many with priceless funerary grave goods.

The new finds have already been transported to the restoration workshop of the Vulci Foundation in Montalto di Castro.

Source: Etruria Oggi [November 24, 2016]
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