ETRUSCAN NECROPOLEIS
The Afterlife
 
Tomb of the Mermaid, Sovana Funerary stele Tomb of Pietrera, Vetulonia
Sovana necropolis, tholos tombs in Vetulonia, tombs in Poggio Buco. Investigatory Archeologists have been studying the Etruscans sepulchral areas in the territory of the Maremma, south Tuscany, for decades.
After the Roman conquest every trace of the Etruscan civilization was destroyed, except the necropoleis. Therefore rediscovering this lost culture can only happen through the analysis of these tombs.

Etruscans believed in the Afterlife, the grave then became the deceased’s new home furnished with food, drink, and his social status symbols, weapons for men and jewels for women.
Tomb of the Diavolino, Vetulonia  
In the cities of the dead we can also discover gods and demons, who accompany the dead souls from the grave on their journey to the next life:
Aita and Phersipnai, the netherworld’s lords
The demon Charun with a hooked nose, long ears and bluish skin
Vanth, the winged goddess with a scythe and serpents hair
Culsu, Hades’s gate-keeper
Tuchulcha, a monster with a bird’s beak and claws.


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  Ildebranda tomb, Sovana

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