Archeodig, uncovering Etruscan secrets

March 25, 2013 / Art & Archaeology
Populonia, Tuscany
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPopulonia is is one of the most active archaeological parks in Europe. Hugging the gentle Bay of Baratti on the Tyrrhenian coast overlooking the island of Elba, it was the only Etruscan city built on the sea and was once the commercial and industrial heartland of the Mediterranean (7th to the 4th century BC).

Above the industrial center for iron workings (now a serene beach with majestic umbrella pines) a highly civilized, luxury loving people enjoyed the delights of their commercial wealth as well as the generous nature that is still the beautiful Tuscan coast.

The Etruscans, with their skilled architects and engineers, their religious fervor, their love of beauty and the inclusion of women in their public life (unlike the Greeks and Romans) still cast a compelling and mysterious spell as most of their written works were destroyed.

While unfortunate that nothing written remains, the Etruscans left an abundant archaeological legacy. This constitutes an incredible opportunity for discovery that is renewed each year with the beginning of the warmer season.

IMG_1065In 2008 Archeodig was formed to provide the opportunity for the continuation of explorations of the necropolis of San Cerbone and for finding out more about the lives of the people who lived in Populonia. Open to all, participants are given hands on teaching and can learn the skills of archaeological investigation on a site that offers relaxing and restorative benefits to the participants of the scavi (digs).

While we try to refrain from directly mentioning programs such as tours that imply a cost, we feel that Archeodig is an initiative that is worth a mention given the obvious benefit that its work provides for current and future generations at large. Archeodig is linked with the Earthwatch Institute and Past in Progress and is under the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage in Tuscany and under the able direction of Carolina Megale, PhD. There are links also with the University of Arizona.


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Pat Carney

by Pat Carney

Pat Carney-Ceccarelli ( happily divides her time between Campiglia Marittima and Cambridge, UK.

6 Responses to “Archeodig, uncovering Etruscan secrets”

  1. Toni Galli Sterling

    you for the info on Archeodi!!!!! My understanding from a recent trip to Umbria is that there is Etruscan “language” – something written…. that survived – on a vase in fact found near Orvieto….A very recent discovery…..Some believe it might be the equivalent to the Rosetta stone for these ancient people. Have you heard about this? Toni

  2. The weather warms, my nostalgia thickens. Baratti is alive and well, and the ancients are smiling for all of your and other enthusiasts’ loving efforts.
    Thank you so much for keeping (us) informed and inspired…

    ;) J.

  3. Torre Newman

    So, this is an organization that will take on interested parties who what to participate in the dig(s) and they will provide guidance/training to such? I did something similar in the area of Matera. I helped clean frescos and wooden sculptures found in caves.

  4. Interesting … you have mentioned this and I am interested in finding out more

  5. Chris Griffiths

    My long held dream came true in 2012 when I took part in team 2 at San Cerbone. Hot dusty work but what a thrill to unearth objects from over 2 000 years ago.
    I will follow the dig’s progress with great interest.


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