Abstract: Votive Terracottas in their Archaeological Context: the Case of Cerveteri

Votive terracotta sculptures have long been the focus of my scholarly work. Currently I am engaged in research to determine the place and thereby the function of these humble objects by examining their archaeological contexts.  The ancient Etruscan site of Cerveteri (Caere) with its variety of sanctuaries, urban, suburban and extra-urban, offers an especially good case for a study of the archaeological contexts of votive terracottas. This lecture examines the contexts of votive terracottas from several sanctuaries of Cerveteri. Some intriguing new finds from this site allow me to illustrate the ever changing complexities involved in interpreting Etruscan popular religious practice.


Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

N. T. de Grummond and E. Simon, eds. The Religion of the Etruscans (Austin, TX. 2006). esp.chapter on votive offerings by J. M. Turfa.

H. Nagy, Etruscan Terracotta Figurines” in The Etruscan World, ed. by J. M. Turfa (London and New York 2013) 993-1006. (This is an enormous volume with many good and brief articles in English.)

S. Haynes, Etruscan Civilization. A Cultural History. (Los Angeles 2000).

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