This post is mostly a photographic presentation of the Etruscan necropolis of Banditaccia, at Cerveteri, Lazio, Rome, Italy.
Cerveteri is a town and comune of northern Lazio in the region of the Metropolitan City of Rome. The most famous attraction of Cerveteri is the Necropoli della Banditaccia, which has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It covers an area of 400 hectares (990 acres), of which 10 hectares (25 acres) can be visited, encompassing a total of about 1,000 tombs often housed in characteristic mounds. It is the largest ancient necropolis in the Mediterranean area.
The tombs date from the 9th century BC (Villanovan culture) to the later Etruscan period (third century BC). From the later Etruscan period are two types of tombs: tumulus-type tombs and the so-called “dice”, the latter being simple square tombs built in long rows along roads within the necropolis. The most recent tombs date from the 3rd century BC.
(Important Note: ALL photographs of this article added to the sourced texts by NovoScriptorium after kind courtesy of our friend Ben Lee – ALL photographs originally taken by Ben Lee)