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Etruscan Necropolis Discovered Accidentally

October 22, 1987

TREVIGNANO, Italy (AP) _ Workers accidentally discovered a vast Etruscan underground burial place while digging the foundation of a new house in this town near Rome, news media reported.

The necropolis was described as the biggest unearthed so far in the area, which was settled between the 1st and the 8th centuries B.C. by the Etruscans.

The tombs, from the 7th century B.C., extend along Lake Bracciano in a two- mile belt from the town of Trevignano to the town of Poggio delle Ginestre, 37 miles northeast of Rome.

Newspaper and news agency reports on Wednesday said unusual objects in the necropolis included two urns that appeared to contain children’s ashes.

Archaeologists also found the remains of a dwelling from 1000 B.C., which they believe may be part of the early Etruscan town of Sabate.

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