The Etruscan Age

Really remarkable is the richness of the Etruscan age; between the VIIIth and the VIIth cent. BC the hills and the coastal plan play more and more the role of natural access door to the sea of the emerging city of Volterra.

Tomb of the Badia, Volterra (IV-III cent. BC)

Tomb of the Badia, Volterra (IV-III cent. BC)

 

The Museum of Cecina houses the rich grave goods of the necropolis of Casa Nocera, related to a settlement to be located close to the town of Casale Marittimo, on an a high hill facing the coastal plan. Here, starting from the end of the VIIIth cent. BC, the members of an Etruscan clan migrating from Volterra built a flourishing settlement, able to control the entire area around the mouth of the river Cecina and getting benefits from the Mediterranean trade network.

Grave goods from tomb A of the necropolis of Casa Nocera (Casale Marittimo). Weapons and symbols of power. (Early VIIth cent. BC)

Grave goods from tomb A of the necropolis of Casa Nocera (Casale Marittimo). Weapons and symbols of power. (Early VIIth cent. BC)

 

The so-called tomb A is the one of the founder of the dynasty; at the starting oF the VIIth cent. BC his body, according to a burial practice common to Greeks and Etruscans and reserved to “heroes”, was burned on a pyre. The wealth and power of his family is magnificently told by the dead’s grave goods, consisting of weapons, vessels for banqueting, personal items and parts of a chariot, all in metal (gold, bronze, iron).

Grave goods from tomb A of the necropolis of Casa Nocera (Casale Marittimo). Bronze vessels and containers for the banquet. (Early VIIth cent. BC)

Grave goods from tomb A of the necropolis of Casa Nocera (Casale Marittimo). Bronze vessels and containers for the banquet. (Early VIIth cent. BC)

 

Not to be missed are the marble and stone sculptures used as tombs decorations and a marvelous golden crown, used for the burial of an Etruscan noble from the IVth-IIIth cent. BC settlement of Belora (Cecina valley).

Marble stone with ram heads, from Casale Marittimo. (Vth cent. BC)

Marble stone with ram heads, from Casale Marittimo. (Vth cent. BC)