Etruscan Bronze Carafe

Contributed by Norman Sanders

Etruscan Bronze Carafe

I found this in a dried up Etruscan water tunnel below the foundation of a Roman villa. It was one item in a heap of Etruscan rubbish thrown into the tunnel by the Romans during the building of their villa, the hole being plugged by a large amphora. It struck me that the Romans had no interest or respect for historical artifacts. The site was high on an isolated hilltop commanding a beautiful panorama of the hills north of Rome. Clearly the Etruscans and the Romans had the same feelings for landscape as modern Italians, who were building a new villa on the site. Making this discovery was the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me! I stopped breathing!

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