A tomb full of treasure has been discovered in Vulci, an old Etruscan city in the province of Viterbo, Italy. It is another precious discovery in this area that contains exclusive goods from A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ times.
A 45-year-old site worker named Tecla Del Papa said :
“We had no idea the tomb was there, but carried out an emergency dig last month after we noticed looters had excavated another tomb that was above the princess’s tomb. The robbers had revealed, but not entered, the tomb below, so thanks to them, we were able to quickly find the burial chamber and quickly excavate it. Certainly such items lead us to believe that she was a princess, if not someone very important in society.”
The treasures discovered in the tomb include unique and priceless pieces like a Phoenician amber necklace and two Egyptian scarabs made of gold, ivory, and silver. Apart from this, there are many other beautiful and highly elaborate pieces that attest to the artistic prowess of the A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳s and the wide extent of the seafaring Etruscans’ trade links.
Archaeologists discovered the remains of a young girl inside the tomb. She was wrapped in a fragile cloth. The bones were surrounded by many impressive pieces of jewelry. Apart from precious treasures, there were also pots and jars, which are a source of information that confirm the importance of the Etruscans on the international market.
Nowadays, the researchers are trying find out more about who the young girl was and if she was related to the previously discovered remains of Etruscan nobles. Although the preservation of the bones isn’t good, the researchers will still be able to complete analyses, which should explain some details about what kind of life she lived 2,800 years ago.
The Ancient city of Vulci is located 80 km (49.7 miles) north of Rome. To date more than 15,000 tombs have been discovered, putting a new light on the Etruscan civilization. As Carlo Casi, the director of Vulci Archeological Park said to Ilmessaggero, it is lucky that nothing has ever been built in this area, so the area (over 100 hectares) could become one big excavation site. The method chosen by the archaeologist is to create micro-excavation sites connected with the specific burials. The next season of excavations will start in April
The tomb of the ‘princess’ has also been called “The Tomb of the Golden Scarab.” It is common in Vulci for the archaeologists to create quite romantic names for the tombs they excavate. This practice has its roots in the 19th century, when the A̳n̳c̳i̳e̳n̳t̳ tombs were a stop for many wanderlusts. During those times, the tombs were still not protected, and many sites were discovered by curious tourists.
The first official excavation was carried out by order of Cardinal Guglielmo Pallotta. They discovered a wide variety of burials, from the very simple to the spectacular. Of these early excavations, the most popular is the Tomb of the Sun and Moon.
Another, more recently discovered tomb is known as the Tomb of the Silver Hands. It is believed to belong to a woman. Inside the tomb, archaeologists discovered an Egyptian scarab beetle dating from 746 BC to 525 BC. In addition, they found paint beads, an iron brooch, vases and a Corinthian-style bucchero. (Bucchero is a black porcelain pot with a glossy surface made by the Etruscans.)
The silver hands became one of the most important finds in Vulci. They were taken to a lab and X-rayed. After this inspection, it is possible to restore and preserve them.