Tuscania and the Etruscan Necropolis
The archaeological area of Tuscania (VT) consists of several necropolises (cemeteries) that stretch all around the modern town and that probably corresponded to different settlement cores, which haven't been brought to light yet. LdM started to investigate two newly discovered "cities of the dead", Pian delle Rusciare
and Podere Pratino
in 2005, with the support of CAMNES. Both necropolises are from the 3rd
century BC (Hellenistic period) and have ipogeum tombs. In these underground environments, Etruscans buried their dead and deposited their belongings when celebrating funerary rituals. Many tombs had been violated over the years; however several have been left intact revealing an incredible number of ancient artifacts. Tomb N.20, for example, held 47 graves with a total of over 450 objects that LdM students and CAMNES are currently restoring in the 'Archaeology Workshop' course in Florence.