Study of objects allows a better understanding of Etruscan mortuary practices

Study of objects allows a better understanding of Etruscan mortuary practices



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In recent months, Inrap has carried out several excavations in Corsica, discovering in one of them a great Roman and Etruscan necropolis in Aleria, which allowed to find a exceptional Etruscan tomb from the end of the 4th century BC.

This tomb contained more than 200 objects, many of them of great importance, and their study has resulted in surprising discoveries.

Objects found in the center of the tomb

In the center of the grave, in a hypogeum, the deceased person was placed face up with the head tilted to the left, and the arms extended along the body.

In turn, it was decorated with gold earrings, and two gold and copper alloy rings on the fingers.

The individual surrounded himself with 40 ceramic containers. Near his head, on the left side, were two large "skyphoi”(Glasses with large handles), and on the right, a small jug.

Along the right leg were another "skyphoi" and three "oenochoai”(Wine jugs), decorated with female faces.

All these painted ceramics are Etruscan productions and date from the 4th century BC.

At the individual's feet lay two alabastrons (perfume jugs), and to his left small black-varnished glasses, two bronze mirrors and a "askos”(Jug with lateral spout), which were deposited in a pile.

Finally, a dozen glasses of different shapes and sizes were located along the side of the body.

Study in the laboratory

Once the objects were collected, cleaned and stabilized, the archaeologists began to study them. The exceptional state in which they wereTogether with the spectacular nature of the objects, they have allowed surprising discoveries to be made.

Were found difficult to identify objects within some of the "skyphosWhile another contained a small cup.

In turn, in one of the cups stacked near the feet of the body, a ring was found, which would be found inside a container made with a perishable material, which could be cloth or basketwork, and which has long since disappeared.

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