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VIRTUAL - Uncovering the Place of Uni: Archeological Excavations at the Ancient Etruscan Site of Poggio Colla in Italy
December 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm EST Eastern Time
This is an online event.
Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
AIA Society: Montréal
Lecturer: Ann Steiner
The ancient Etruscans, who flourished in central Italy between the eighth and third centuries BCE, are among the most poorly understood people in the ancient Mediterranean. We know they influenced Roman religion a great deal, and their control of metal resources brought them enormous wealth. They left very few written records, and scholars still struggle to translate their language. Archaeological excavation has helped to develop a fuller picture of this enigmatic culture; this presentation will focus on results of excavations from 1995-2015 at the Etruscan site of Poggio Colla, a sanctuary to the goddess Uni, where the speaker serves as a director. When excavation began, virtually nothing was known about the site including its ancient name; all that remained were scraps of ancient fortification walls, robbed-out tombs, and a flattened hilltop. The lecture takes the audience through the process of uncovering a monumental temple, at least ten votive deposits including a large cache of gold jewelry, and the discovery, on the last day of the last season of work, of one of the longest inscriptions ever found in the Etruscan language. The lecture emphasizes the process the excavation staff used to interpret the site from season to season as well as the final results and the questions that remain.
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