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 located at:  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7028330.stm
Ancient world treasure unearthed
By David Willey
BBC News, Rome

satyr head
The head of a satyr was discovered during the dig
After seven hot summers of digging, an Italian archaeological team believe they have discovered one of the most important sites of the ancient world.


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Now, if we can only read their monuments....

Ancient Etruscans were immigrants from Anatolia, or what is now Turkey

The long-running controversy about the origins of the Etruscan people appears to be very close to being settled once and for all, a geneticist will tell the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics today. Professor Alberto Piazza, from the University of Turin, Italy, will say that there is overwhelming evidence that the Etruscans, whose brilliant civilisation flourished 3000 years ago in what is now Tuscany, were settlers from old Anatolia (now in southern Turkey). 

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Etruscans. They're one of those mysteries which fascinate me. Like Minoans. 
Who were they? Where did they come from? What of their language is left to us? Can we ever really translate their texts?
What did they teach the Romans, while they ruled that little city on the Tiber, with its fussy, anal retentive prigs?
What did the Romans destroy?

I so dig this stuff.

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