Archaeologists working on the island of Corsica have discovered a new structure that is part of a Etruscan-Roman cemetery dated between the 4th centuries BC. and until the 3rd century AD.
In a statement issued by the Institut national de recherches arquéologiques préventives (Inrap), this cemetery was discovered after the construction of a new house on the site.
Once the authorities were notified in June 2018, the archaeologists from Inrap Laurent Vidal and Catherin Rigeade Excavations and investigations on this terrain have begun.
The Etruscan-Roman cemetery is located in Aléria, a small town with around 2,000 residents today, although in its past it was much larger, having a history that dates back to the Neolithic, and through which Greeks, Etruscans, Carthaginians and, finally, Romans passed.
His growth came to an end when the Vandals conquered Corsica in 465, remaining empty until the middle of the last century.
At Etruscan-Roman cemetery, archaeologists found perfectly preserved tombs from the 3rd century BC. until III AD, many of them surrounded by large brick walls and ceiling, with a large number of objects inside.
One of the most important findings was a hypogeum, an underground or rock-cut construction with vaulted ceilings, used as a burial site by some ancient civilizations, which archaeologists unearthed.
This area, incredibly large for what was expected, has a staircase although it has not yet been explored and work there continues.
However, experts believe that inside they will find many more tombs. "It is probable that these tombs could house several bodies," explained Vidal.
"They were reserved for people of high social rank within the local society, but not necessarily members of the elite, but perhaps prosperous merchants," he added.
Due to the different ceramics they found in this area, archaeologists believe that This particular part of the cemetery dates back to the 5th century BC., being older than other sections.
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