Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Tomb raiders lead to new archaeological find

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(ANSA) – Rome, October 19 - Investigations into the
activities of four tomb raiders in the Alban hills near Rome
have led to the discovery of a previously unknown site
containing ancient Roman votive offerings.
The ex-votos date from the fourth to the second century BC
and include life-sized statues and depictions of parts of the
human anatomy in terracotta offered to the ancient Roman goddess
Juno.
Police caught the tomb robbers in action as they were
stealing the devotional objects from a natural cavity in a tufa
wall near Lanuvio and Genzano that did not appear on
archaeological maps of the area.
The cavity appears to be linked to a nearby sanctuary
dedicated to Juno the Saviour via a network of caverns and
tunnels.
The discovery is considered important as it testifies to
the existence of a workshop once producing prestigious
terracotta objects in the area.
Investigators believe the stolen ex-votos were destined for
the international collectors' market.
Police found other ancient artefacts including sepulchral
items mostly dating to the Etruscan era during their search of
the tomb raiders' homes.

photo: statue of Juno in Quirinale Palace

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