The Dawn of Etruscan Princes - National Archaeological Museum of Florence
The Dawn of Etruscan Princes
Excavation campaigns in the Archaeological Park of Cortona have uncovered the objects of the second funerary circle of Sodo, made up of more than 15 intact graves dating between the end of the Seventh Century and the beginning of the Sixth Century BC that have undergone restoration. On display in the exhibition Cortona. The Dawn of Etruscan Princes, they aim at offering a journey that brings visitors 2700 years back until the dawn of the Etruscan civilization in Cortona.
24 A path that shows the various stages of recovery reveals all the phases of that “assembly line” which starts from archaeological excavations to the recovery of materials until the restoration process is completed, in view of a final exhibition at the MAEC (Museum of the Etruscan and Roman City of Cortona) in Cortona.
The presentation of many unknown findings dating back to the Orientalizing Period – around 200 – allows visitors to shed light on the oldest phases of Cortona, the ones even preceding the advent of princes (hence the call to the dawn, in the sense of the beginning of their culture), even though, actually, it is also possible to see the major developments in the Archaic Period (thanks to spectacular findings relating to old excavation that have never been published, coming from the Second Tumulus of Sodo) and the progressive dismantling of identity and traditions, despite certain resistance, with the advent of Rome (as evidenced by the materials of the farm-house estate of Ossaia).
2700 years ago, Cortona was a multi-cultural centre, with Umbrian, Italic and Etruscan features, but also open to the charm of Greek and Eastern culture.
Therefore, thanks to this dating process and discoveries, Tuscany increasingly sets itself up as cradle of the Italic civilization. A people, the Etruscan one, who was in contact and maintained commercial relationships with Greece, the Middle East, the North as far back as 27 centuries ago anyway, an advanced and organized society that today appears clear and extraordinary thanks to this exhibition.
Dates of this event 08/10/2013 - 31/07/2014