Etruscan Vessels

Archeologists in Italy have unearthed a number of vessels from a well in the ancient Etruscan settlement of Cetamura del Chianti. Nancy de Grummond, a professor of classics at Florida State University, reported on the findings at a conference at the Archaeological Museum in Siena. she claimed the bronze vessels of varying shapes and sizes were used to extract water from the well, while other smaller vessels, containing seeds and animals bones may have been used in religious rituals.

De Grummond states: "This rich assemblage of materials in bronze, silver, lead and iron, along with the abundant ceramics and remarkable evidence of organic remains, create an unparalleled opportunity for the study of culture, religion and daily life in Chianti and the surrounding region."

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Etruscan vase, 6th century BC

Etruscan vase, 6th century BC