July 18, 2024 The sun rises from Anatolia

Ancient skeletons discovered in a freshly excavated Roman necropolis in Italy, buried with gold jewelry and costly leather shoes

Archaeologists working on a two-year excavation effort at the site of a proposed solar energy plant in Tarquinia, north of Rome, discovered an old Roman necropolis with 67 bones buried in 57 magnificent tombs.

According to preliminary examination, the tombs’ occupants and dates range from the second to the fourth centuries AD.

This was definitely a cemetery for powerful and affluent Roman aristocracy. The exquisite leather shoes and gold jewelry adorning the well-preserved skeletons suggest that the tombs’ architecture was modeled after that of the deceased people’s smaller-scale earthly residences.

Working for the private archaeological company Eos Arc, lead excavation archaeologist Emanuele Giannini told CNN, “We found several skeletons still wearing their expensive stockings and shoes.” “These appear to have been upper-class members of Roman families who came from the cities, given their wealth and the fact that the bones bear no indication of physical labor or stress.”

This was definitely a cemetery for powerful and affluent Roman aristocracy. The exquisite leather shoes and gold jewelry adorning the well-preserved skeletons suggest that the tombs’ architecture was modeled after that of the deceased people’s smaller-scale earthly residences.

Photo: Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti Paesaggio Etruria Meridionale

Working for the private archaeological company Eos Arc, lead excavation archaeologist Emanuele Giannini told CNN, “We found several skeletons still wearing their expensive stockings and shoes.” “These appear to have been upper-class members of Roman families who came from the cities, given their wealth and the fact that the bones bear no indication of physical labor or stress.”

Based on the variety of funerary artifacts discovered close to the remains and the opulent interior decorations and linings within the tombs, archaeologists surmise that the inhabitants intended to replicate celestial areas akin to their earthly residences. In the past, many tombs had ornate linen linings or were encircled by tiles or tiny, house-like pieces of clay.

Photo: Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti Paesaggio Etruria Meridionale

The skeletal bones were discovered buried at a depth of roughly 20 inches (50 cm), quite near the earth’s surface. The majority of the burials that were found belonged to communal groups; they were most likely constructed for two or more individuals with similar family ties. There were also multiple skeletons discovered intertwined.

Photo: Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti Paesaggio Etruria Meridionale

The site’s unusual state of preservation has been linked to the fact that “huge limestone blocks sticking out of the ground (made) plowing, seeding, and modern farming impossible in the area,” according to Giannini. “It has remained untouched (for) centuries.”

Authorities are confident that more hidden gems will be discovered as construction of the solar park moves to a new location nearby. The site of the necropolis will not be included in the solar park and will be roped off for safety reasons, with no public access.

Soprintendenza Archeologia Belle Arti Paesaggio Etruria Meridionale

Tags: , in World
Banner
Related Articles

Circular shaped Iron Age Gallic village found in France using LIDAR technology

April 2, 2024

April 2, 2024

At Cap d’Erquy in the Côtes d’Armor region of France, satellite imaging technology has uncovered the remains of a circular...

New areas of ancient art have been discovered in the Jalapão region of Tocantins, Brazil

March 9, 2024

March 9, 2024

Archaeologists working in the Jalapão region of Tocantins, Brazil, have made a significant discovery: 16 new archaeological sites containing ancient...

3500-year-old resting place used by nomadic peoples discovered in Azerbaijan

July 11, 2024

July 11, 2024

Azeri and Italian archaeologists have discovered a 3500-year-old rest stop used by nomadic peoples in Azerbaijan. Working in the area...

World’s oldest erotic graffiti found on the Greek island of Astypalaia

April 6, 2024

April 6, 2024

It was 2014 when prehistoric archaeologist Dr. Andreas Vlachopoulos discovered the world’s oldest erotic graffiti. Dr. Andreas Vlachopoulos made his...

Unique 3500-year-old Bronze Age hoard discovered in northern Bohemia

June 30, 2024

June 30, 2024

A number of bronze artifacts, including pieces of jewelry dating back 3500 years, have been discovered in the town of...

American archaeologists discover 13,000-year-old beads at La Prele Mammoth Site

March 9, 2024

March 9, 2024

Archaeologists have made an important discovery at the La Prele Mammoth site in Converse County, Wyoming in the United States....

Antibiotic bacteria that fight E. coli and other dangerous bacteria found in Roman Baths in England

June 9, 2024

June 9, 2024

Researchers from Plymouth University’s School of Biomedical Sciences have discovered that the popular Roman Baths in the city of Bath...

Archaeology students in Greece uncover the head of a statue of the god Apollo

March 28, 2024

March 28, 2024

A group of archaeology students working at the archaeological site of Philippi in northern Greece have unearthed the marble head...

Oldest known human viruses found in 50,000-year-old Neanderthal remains

May 17, 2024

May 17, 2024

Scientists have discovered the oldest known human viruses in a Neanderthal bone more than 50,000 years old. The most surprising...

The discovery of a striking jade mask in the tomb of a Maya king in Guatemala

January 29, 2024

January 29, 2024

Archaeologists excavating a looted pyramid tomb in the ruins of a Mayan city in Peten, northeast Guatemala, have discovered a...

Tutankhamun’s DNA results: Give surprising findings of incest evidence

March 9, 2024

March 9, 2024

Recent DNA tests on the remains of King Tutankhamun have revealed some startling and unexpected results. He tests, which were...

‘4,200-year-old zombie tomb’ discovered in East Germany

April 23, 2024

April 23, 2024

Archaeologists have found the grave of a man believed to be at risk of becoming a “zombie” near Oppin in...

850-year-old medieval coins discovered in a grave in Sweden

April 27, 2024

April 27, 2024

Archaeologists have opened the grave of a man they believe was between 20 and 25 years old when he died....

The remains of a villa thought to have belonged to the Roman Emperor Augustus have been found in Italy

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Excavations in a volcanic ash-covered region of southern Italy have uncovered the remains of a 2,000-year-old building. The excavation team...

Remains of Norman Bridge found during excavations at Chichester’s Priory Park in England

June 2, 2024

June 2, 2024

The remains of a military causeway or bridge leading to an 11th-century Norman castle were found during excavations at Chichester’s...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *