A group of Italian and American archaeologists have found in central Italy Etruscan underground pyramid. This discovery was the first in the history of science.
Construction cut down in a volcanic tuff, above which is the city of Orvieto. The upper part of one of the pyramids used as a wine cellar. This is where the archaeologists noticed the remains of the ancient stairs.
Getting to the excavations, Claudio Bitstsarri from local archaeological park and David George of the American College of St. Anselm drew attention to the slope of the walls, which suggests a pyramid shape.
Dug layer mid XX century, archaeologists reached the medieval floor. And right below it was a layer that fills the Attic red-figure pottery mid V century BC and the Etruscan pottery with inscriptions relating to the VI-V centuries BC. Then came a layer of material that builders used to fill the lower levels, where the down stairs. Under assumptions of archaeologists, there may be the tomb.
Approximately three-meter deep tunnel was discovered, which led to another pyramidal structure. He dug around in the V century BC.
All this is rather puzzling, however, as everything related to the Etruscans. The heyday of Etruria — region in central Italy, where now the province of Lazio, Tuscany, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna — was in the year 900 BC. For five centuries, this is not clear as people emerged dominant in almost all of the Italian "boot" to the south of the Po River.
In the V century BC, civilization, which reached great heights in agriculture, art, metal processing and other fields, broke under the Roman onslaught and began to decline. During the period from 300 to 100 BC its territory encroachment young and aggressive state.
Etruscan language has become a dead, preserved no literature or documents only one epitaph to the ornate tombs.
It is possible that the pyramid Orvieto still open their secrets. According to archaeologists under the city can be found about five of these structures. Experts stressed that pyramidal probably was inspired by natural forms of local caves underground. But to speak of their appointment is early, but obviously it's not water tanks or career.
Category: Archaeological discoveries