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    Discovery of an intact tomb of an Etruscan prince

    Exceptional archaeological discovery in Tarquinia: a tomb untouched for 2700 years.
    The tomb probably belonged to an Etruscan prince.
    It would be nice if also they take a tests on the DNA of the prince.

    Link at Corriere della Sera

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    I'd love to see Y and mtDNA from this tomb.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJL View Post
    I'd love to see Y and mtDNA from this tomb.
    I hope they try to get some . . . and succeed. What a find!

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    Oops! Etruscan Warrior Prince Really a Princess

    http://www.livescience.com/40530-etr...-princess.html

    Last month, archaeologists announced a stunning find: a completely sealed tomb cut into the rock in Tuscany, Italy. The untouched tomb held what looked like the body of an Etruscan prince holding a spear, along with the ashes of his wife. Several news outlets reported on the discovery of the 2,600-year-old warrior prince. But the grave held one more surprise. A bone analysis has revealed the warrior prince was actually a princess, as Judith Weingarten, an alumna of the British School at Athens noted on her blog, Zenobia: Empress of the East.
    http://judithweingarten.blogspot.co.uk/

    Osteological analysis (reported on 26 September) indicates that the body on the bigger platform was that of a woman who was 35 - 40 years old when she died. "It's not usual to find the body of a woman with a lance," explained Mandolesi. "After having had the results of the anthropological analysis of the skeleton, and having found the [ashes of] the male, we have a clearer picture of the situation. The lance, in all probability, was deposited as a symbol of the union between the two deceased." (my translation and my italics).

    So the newly-identified lady still doesn't get credited with her own lance. The thought doesn't even arise that it might be a symbol of her power and authority rather than the weapon of a warrior. Downplayed like this, this major revision of the original story dropped like a stone into the media pool without leaving so much as a bubble behind.

    Why is it so difficult to understand that the ruling class of Etruscan society was made up of both men AND women? And that some Etruscan women were tough as old boots?

    Their exceptionally emancipated status is perfectly clear from the surviving stories that harp on their scandalous behaviour. The Greeks and Romans, who wrote everything that has survived, were enemies of the Etruscans and despised them for their way of life. And they certainly did not like what they saw of Etruscan women's relatively free and easy-going habits.
    Last edited by Jean M; 10-20-2013 at 12:39 PM.

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