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Roman elite burials found in ancient Tarquinia

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Archaeologists excavating a necropolis in ancient Taquinia have uncovered Roman elite burials.

Tarquinia was an Etruscan (Tarchuna) and Roman (Tarquinii) city, located in the province of Viterbo, Central Italy. During the Roman period, the municipium became an important trading centre for the export of wine and coral throughout the Roman Republic, later gaining the status of a colonia.

Recent excavations have uncovered over 67 skeletons that date from the 2nd to 4th centuries AD within a Roman necropolis.

According to the archaeologists, the necropolis was designated for the interment of Roman elite, evidenced by the discovery of numerous high status funerary goods. Most of the graves appear to be for shared burials, likely intended for multiple family members, with several skeletons found interred together.

Many of the skeletal remains are adorned with gold jewellery and sophisticated leather footwear, while their tombs are decorated to emulate the architectural styles of residential dwellings.

Archaeologists speculate that the tomb occupants intended to replicate their homes in their final resting places. This is indicated by the luxurious adornments and interior linings within the tombs, some of which featured intricate fabric coverings.

Excavations also uncovered silver rings decorated with amber and engraved initials, amulets encrusted with precious stones, an array of terracotta pottery, various Roman coins, polished glass objects, and even preserved textiles.

According to Emanuele Giannini, an archaeologist from Eos Arc, the skeletal remains show no indications of physical labour or stress, further suggesting that they were prosperous Roman families from affluent urban areas.

The excellent preservation of these archaeological discoveries is attributed to the presence of substantial limestone rocks protruding from the ground, rendering the area unsuitable for agricultural purposes. “It remained undisturbed for centuries,” remarked Emanuele Giannini.

Header Image Credit : Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti Paesaggio Etruria Meridionale

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Researchers find that Żagań-Lutnia5 is an Iron Age stronghold

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Archaeologists have conducted a ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey of Żagań-Lutnia5, revealing that the monument is an Iron Age stronghold.

Żagań-Lutnia5 was first discovered in the 1960s near the town of Żagań in western Poland, with previous studies suggesting that the monument could be associated with the Białowieża group of the Lusatian urnfield culture.

The Lusatian culture existed in the later Bronze Age and early Iron Age (1300–500 BC) in most of what is now Poland. It formed part of the Urnfield systems found from eastern France, southern Germany and Austria to Hungary, and the Nordic Bronze Age in northwestern Germany and Scandinavia.

A recent study led by Dr. Arkadiusz Michalak on behalf of the Archaeological Museum of the Middle Oder River has revealed two parallel sequences of magnetic anomalies at Żagań-Lutnia5 that represent the remnants of earthen and wooden fortifications.

The course of the fortifications were recorded in the northern, western and southern parts of the study area, however, a study of the eastern section was limited due to a sewage collector built in the 1990’s.

Exploratory excavations found four cultural layers with remains of huts and hearths, in addition to a burnt layer from the last phase of occupation that suggests a period of conflict.

According to the researchers, the monument was likely built by the same people who constructed the stronghold in Wicin and a number of verified defensive settlements within the area of the Elbe, Nysa Łużycka and Odra.

As a result of the study, Żagań-Lutnia5 has been added to the catalogue of verified Early Iron Age strongholds located in today’s Lubusz Voivodeship.

Header Image Credit : Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments

Sources : Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments – Archaeological research at the site of Żagań-Lutnia5

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Rare copper dagger found in Polish forest

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A rare copper dagger from over 4,000-years-ago has been discovered in the forests near Korzenica, southeastern Poland.

Piotr Gorlach from the Historical and Exploration Association Grupa Jarosław made the discovery during a metal detector survey in Jarosław Forest.

Upon realising the significance of the find, Mr Gorlach contacted the Podkarpacie conservator of monuments in Przemyśl and the Orsetti House Museum.

The dagger dates from over 4,000 years ago, a period in which objects made from copper were extremely rare in the Central European Plain.

A preliminary study indicates that the dagger may originate from the Carpathian Basin or Ukrainian steppe, and predates the development of bronze metallurgy for the region.

This transition is traditionally known as the Copper Age and marked a gradual incorporation of copper while stone remained the primary resource utilised.

Dr. Elżbieta Sieradzka-Burghardt from the museum in Jarosław, said: “This is a period of enormous change in the main raw materials for the production of tools. Instead of flint tools commonly used in the Stone Age, more and more metal products appear heralding the transition to the next period – the Bronze Age.”

Daggers during this era were a universal attribute of warriors, however, being made from copper suggests that the owner held a high social status. This is further supported by its size measuring 10.5 cm in length, which for this period is actually very large when compared to other metal objects from the same era.

The dagger has already been added to the collection of the Orsetti House Museum in Jarosław.

Header Image Credit : Łukasz Śliwiński

Sources : PAP – A dagger from over 4,000 years ago found in the forest.

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