Intact, Packed Etruscan Tomb Found

An intact Etruscan tomb, complete with sarcophagi, a full array of grave goods and a mysterious marble head, has has been brought to light in the Umbria region of Italy, in what promises to be one of the most important archaeological findings in recent history.

Dated to the end of the 4th century B.C., the burial site was found by a farmer who opened a void in the earth while working with his plow in a field near Città della Pieve, a small town some 30 miles southwest of Perugia.

“It was a totally unexpected discovery. The area is away from the sites visited by tomb robbers and indeed the burial is undisturbed,” Clarita Natalini of the archaeological superintendency of Umbria, told Discovery News. 

Finding an undisturbed Etruscan tomb is an extremely rare event that has the potential to reveal more about one of the ancient world’s most fascinating and mysterious cultures. Read more.

Umbria is a region of historic and modern central Italy. It is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a border with other countries. It includes the Lake Trasimeno, Cascata delle Marmore, and is crossed by the River Tiber. The regional capital is Perugia. Umbria is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and influence on culture. The region is characterized by hills and historical towns such as Assisi (a World Heritage Site associated with St. Francis of Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and other Franciscan sites, works by Giotto and Cimabue), Norcia (the hometown of St. Benedict), Gubbio, Perugia, Spoleto, Todi, Città di Castello, Orvieto, Castiglione del Lago, Narni, Amelia, and other small cities.


Infiorate di Spello (Spello Flower-Deckings), Umbria, Italy

During your next trip to Italy (I’m pretty sure you can’t help but to do it, after this post), make sure to be In Umbria, an amazing region right in the middle of Italy (more specifically on May 29, 2016). Hundreds of artists and volunteers spend the whole day and night before decking with flowers most of the Medieval streets of this enchanting town, for the Feast of Corpus Domini, Latin for “Body of the Lord” (also known as Corpus Christi, Latin for “Body of Christ), a Christian Catholic Feast, joined with Pasqua/Easter (Easter Sunday change every year, according to lunar cycles).

Well, these religious floral images are soon stepped on by a procession, led by the local bishop, that of course destroys these floral carpets. So, all these colorful and scented artworks have to be admired only in the short period of time between their creation and the following procession.

Several other cities in Italy (as Noto in Sicily) and Spain keep this tradition alive.

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Yesterday central Italy was awakened by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Accumoli (3:36 AM local time), near Norcia, at the border between Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions. The depth of the Earthquake was just of 4km and the destruction in the epicenter was high. The area is known for earthquakes; the most recent are the Aquila earthquake (2009) and the Umbria-Marche earthquake (1997).

At this link it is possible to visualize an interactive map of the event, where the epicenter, the historical seismicity and the shakemap are shown.

Source: USGS.


Earthquake leaves at least 24 dead in central Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 21 people dead and many others trapped under rubble, reports say.

Many of the dead were in the village of Pescara del Tronto which was levelled to the ground and there were fears the number could rise.

Much of the town of Amatrice was reduced to rubble and a family of four were feared dead nearby in Accumoli.

The quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome.

Although it struck at a shallow depth of 10km, its intensity was compared to the Aquila earthquake in April 2009 in which 309 people died. The epicentre was around Accumoli where several people died.

Some buildings in the capital shook for 20 seconds as the quake struck an area between the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche. It was felt from Bologna in the north to Naples in the south.

The highest casualties were reported in the small village of Pescara del Tronto, where 10 people were reported dead, among them children. Twenty people have been taken to hospital.

Two boys aged four and seven were pulled alive from the rubble of the house they had been staying in with their grandmother, Ansa news agency reported. Rescuers said they had been sheltering under a bed.

More damage was reported a short distance up the road in Arquata del Tronto.

Some of the worst damage was in the town of Amatrice, where at least five died and rescue efforts were under way to find survivors.

“The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone. There are people under the rubble. There’s been a landslide and a bridge might collapse,” said mayor Sergio Pirozzi.

“There are tens of victims, so many under the rubble. We’re preparing a place for the bodies,” he said.

The main street through the town has been devastated and emergency workers are trying to reach six people in a collapsed building.

In Accumoli, a short distance to the north, Mayor Stefano Petrucci said one person had been pulled out of the rubble during the night.

“Then there is a family of four under a collapsed house and sadly there are two small children among them.”

A local photographer spoke of 15 rescuers digging with their bare hands trying reach the family.

“They hear the screams of the mum and one of the children,” he said.

The main street through the town has been devastated and emergency workers are trying to reach six people in a collapsed building.

Edit: 4:27p.m  more than 70 people are dead.