Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Fachbereich Alte Geschichte, Sabine Huebner
Etruscan Tarquinia, a multi-disciplinary research project of the University of Milan
Tarquinia is crucial for exploring the Etruscan civilisation. It is one of the most culturally and politically influential Etruscan cities, which gave birth to the last kings of Rome, and was considered the mother of the religion of the Etruscans. Its necropolis with the famous painted tombs is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (nominated 2004). This talk is about research carried out by the University of Milan on the Civita plateau since 1982, which takes advantage of the interdisciplinary know-how of the Coordinating Research Centre “Tarquinia Project”. Excavations have revealed, the ‘monumental complex’, one of the most ancient Etruscan areas with continual frequentation from the 10th BCE to the Roman imperial period, and since 1983 the archaic phases of the “Ara della Regina” sanctuary have been brought to light. Tarquinia’s history is coming to light from its very beginnings in the Iron Age (9 th -8 th century BC) to its encounter with the expansion of Rome after the second Punic war (beginning of the 2 nd century BC).
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