Ancient Etruria occupied more or less the territory occupied by the modern Italian region of Tuscany. The Etruscans spoke a language that doesn’t appear to be Indo-European, and already in ancient times there were various theories about where they might have originally come from. However, archaeological evidence suggests that they were indigenous to Italy. Their language was eventually supplanted by Latin.
The Etruscans were reputed to be tenacious pirates. Is this reputation deserved? The answer requires a look at the ancient sources.
One of the most dynamic heroes of the Trojan Cycle is Aeneas, whose depiction can be found throughout Italy before Rome usurped him as a national icon.
Few Greek vases have spawned as much discussion as one found in Cerveteri and dating to the seventh century BC.
Near Orvieto, in the Italian region of Umbria, there are the remains of an Etruscan necropolis that dates to the sixth century BC. The site is today known as Crocifisso del tufo.
The centre of Perugia’s upper town features an ancient Etruscan well that dates back to the third century BC and is open to visitors.
The archaeological museum of Perugia without a doubt houses the largest collection of Etruscan objects in Umbria.
Recovered from the painted Etruscan tombs at Porano, near Orvieto, is a bronze panoply of the third quarter of the fourth century BC.
The archaeological museum of Orvieto features wall-paintings from Etruscan tombs found in the nearby village of Porano.
On the northern side of the cliff face of the town of Orvieto, in Umbria, lies Crocifisso del Tufo, an ancient Etruscan necropolis.
During the Early Iron Age, the peoples of Central Italy sometimes placed the ashes of the dead in urns modelled after huts or houses.