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A treasure-filled tomb, believed to belong to an an Etruscan princess from the eighth century BC, has been unearthed by archaeologists in Italy.
The ancient tomb was found in a burial chamber three metres below the ground in front of the ticket office at the archaeological site of Vulci in Lazio, which was once an important Etruscan city. But historians faced a race against time to stop the treasure from being pilfered by illegal diggers. “We had no idea the tomb was there, but carried out an emergency dig last month after we noticed looters had excavated another tomb that was above the princess's tomb,” 45 year-old site worker Tecla Del Papa told The Local. “The robbers had revealed, but not entered, the tomb below, so thanks to them, we were able to quickly find the burial chamber and quickly excavate it,” she added. Inside the tomb, archaeologists found the bones of a young girl wrapped in a fragile cloth.
Her remains were surrounded by valuable jewellery, pots and jars, some of which had been acquired on the international market. She had been buried with a Phoenecian amber necklace and two Egyptian scarabs made of gold, ivory and silver - beautiful and highly elaborate pieces that attest to the artistic prowess of the ancients and the wide extent of the seafaring Etruscans' trade links.
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