The Pompeii of the Etruscans

The Etruscans were one of the most prolific peoples to occupy the Italian peninsula before the Romans and their influence on Roman life and culture is unquestionable. In spite of their importance and significance, very little research has been done on Etruscan life and culture. New excavations in the Etruscan town of Vetulonia have uncovered a fully furnished Etruscan house.

While excavations at the 2,400 year old home are still in process, archaeologists have uncovered pottery, furniture, and many types of tiles. A destruction layer indicates that the house was brought down by a fire in 79 B.C., possibly set by the Roman dictator Sulla. To read more about the excavations and the discoveries being made at this site, read this article by Discovery News.

2 thoughts on “The Pompeii of the Etruscans

  1. Kristina Killgrove

    Just a word of caution: the stuff posted on the Roman News and Archaeology website is often quite old. The Vetulonia post isn’t too old (just a year), but sometimes their “news” is several years old. Vetulonia is awesome, but I’m unclear why RN&A keeps posting these dated news stories.

    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      It’s probably because classicists are notoriously bad about publishing so the available information is relatively sparse and out of date.
      Thanks for the words of wisdom.


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