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A photo of an Etruscan gold earring. A gold ring from the Etruscan find. Two Etruscan gold earrings from the Poggio Colla find.
Sheet-gold earring from the gold cache, dating from the fourth-third centuries B.C.
A gold ring found under an upside-down architectural block capping an
underground chamber (as yet unexcavated), which may be part of a
ritual dedication.
Sheet-gold earrings from the gold cache, dating from the fourth-third centuries B.C.
Etruscan gold pendants.
A striated semi-precious stone (right), probably agate, from the gold cache. This was made to be inset into the bezel of a ring with the dark stone as a backer.
Gold pendants from the cache are beautifully wrought and decorated with filigree and granulation; they held stone insets, one of which seems to be a fossilized tooth. A boar's tusk, painted red, may also have been part of this necklace, which created a strong contrast of finely-wrought gold and "primitive" elements (perhaps amulets or talismans) such as the tusk and fossilized tooth.
Striated semi-precious stones (from right), probably agate, from the gold cache. These were made to be inset into the bezel of a ring with the dark stones as backers. One of the agates was stuck to a stone backer with some form of adhesive, as yet unanalyzed.
The Etruscan gold in situ.
A gold cache in situ.
Student/staff member Rachel Julis uncovering gold.