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Necropolis of Prato Rosello

Bucchero Incense Burner

From the well tomb of Tumulus C din Artimino, Prato Rosello.

Made up of five elements with a high foot, horizontal handle , the central container is formed like a small boat with two lateral  truncated cone shapes.  Arches from the drilled decoration on the foot, rows of circles impressed on the remaining parts of the object.  On the foot there is an inscription made before the object was fired in Northern Etruscan: mi zinaku larθuzale kuleniieśi,  that indicates the name of the vase’s patron.

The technique and the decorations can be placed in the ceramic production of the Florentine area.

Third quarter of  VII century B.C.


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Bronze Chest Shield

From the well tomb in Tumulus B in Artimino, Prato Rosello

Kardiophilax (to protect the heart) of a rectangular shape with a concave shape for the long sides and a straight edge fro the short sides with many small holes that were used to attach the shield to the leather armour.
Together with blade of a lance and a dagger with its sheath, made of iron, made  up the  armament of this young warrior buried int he tomb of the Artimino necropolis at the end of the VIII – beginning of the VII century B.C.


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Biconic Bronze Vase – Tumulus B

From the well tomb in Tumulus B in Artimino, Prato Rosello

The lip of the vase bends outward, the body is biconic, the high foot is troncoconic, the handles are loops which are places horizontally on the shoulder of the vase.

This is the most precious element of the service for the funeral banquet, placed next to the large dolio that contained the bronze funerary urn.  Inside a lens of compact material has been found.  Spectroscope analysis was performed and revealed the presence of pine resin and beeswax; the palynological analysis reveals the presence of  granules from pollen sacs and spores:  18 belonging to arboreal plants or bushes and 50 from grassy plants, including Mint, Centaurea, Potentilla, Poppy, Clover; it has also been noted that 99% of the granules found belong to plants that have some role in beekeeping.


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