The Italian Almanac

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Archeological dig in Tarquinia

Rare Statues

Two, exceedingly rare Etruscan bronze statues were discovered in an archeological dig located in Tarquinia, an Italian town located about 90 kilometers north of Rome.

The two female statuettes date back to the 4th and 5th centuries B.C., and were found during an annual excavation campaign organized by Lucio Fiorini, an archeology professor at Perugia University, in collaboration with the Superintendent for Archeological Resources of Southern Erutria.

The statues were found in a temple to Demeter along with other bronze and ivory artifacts, and recount the dramatic moments for the Gravisca sanctuary in 281 BC, when, fearing the imminent arrival of the Roman army, the last devotees buried all the more precious religious objects to protect them from destruction.

An intact 2600-year-old Etruscan tomb was found in the past at a different site in the same town.