Banditaccia Cemetery

Banditaccia Cemetery

Date 7th-2nd centuries BCE

Movement Etruscan

Location Cerveteri, Italy


Necropoles such as the one seen here were built up throughout Italy over the course of centuries. Tombs took the form of tumuli mounds using tuff, a type of volcanic rock. Though individual tomb layouts varied, some scholars believe that most were meant to mimic contemporaneous homes. Burying items one might want in the afterlife recalls a similar Egyptian practice, but here, instead of storing the items themselves, artists would carve representations of them into the walls (as seen above in the Tomb of the Reliefs).