Etruscan dig’s common objects are unprecedented finds

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Etruscan dig’s common objects are unprecedented finds

lres-earrings.jpgSMU's Meadows Museum honors the 15th anniversary of University Distinguished Professor of Art History P. Gregory Warden's groundbreaking archaeological excavation in Poggio Colla, Italy with an exhibition dedicated to the Etruscans.

"From the Temple and the Tomb: Etruscan Treasures From Tuscany" is the most comprehensive exhibition of Etruscan art ever undertaken in the United States, with more than 400 objects spanning the 9th through 2nd centuries B.C.

Digging the Etruscans: Students unearth treasures in Italy

ggestruscancoin.jpgSenior art history major Jayme Clemente was working in trench No. 35 in July at an archaeological dig 20 miles northeast of Florence, Italy, when something caught her eye.

"I saw something green in the dirt," she recalls. Green is the color of oxidized bronze.

"When you've been staring at this light brown mixture of dirt and you see something that is not in the same color palette — it was just an exhilarating feeling to know that there was something (potentially important) in the ground."