Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria by Dennis

draft, being rewritten

In a continuing series on "materials to use to procrastinate" we have the work by George Dennis who has written about the Etruscan cities and cemeteries of Etruria, ancient Etrusca, in what we now call Italy.

Its a combination archaeological guide and travel guide and filled with helpful tidbits of where to stay and who to ask to guide you around, referring to people and lodges long dead or out of business a century ago.

This is in the period when Italy was still filled with unlooted tombs, when you could walk into an ancient tomb and still find helmets, spears, urns, vases, and beautiful paintings some of which are sketched and included as part of this narrative.

Anyone interested in the archaeology of the West should read this fabulous travel guide.

The poverty of the people of Italy at the time is also made clear.

I was left with a profound desire to go and visit.  Would a virtual tour of the places cited in this document as they are today be of any interest, I wonder.

Find this document on the internet, a bold new paradigm, here.

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