TUSCANIA
   An important smaller settlement generally under the control of Tarquinia that has recently been the focus of a rural survey of its hinterland. The survey has shown a dense cluster of settlement near the city. The settlement was originally located on the Colle San Pietro, a four- to five-hectare hill, from as early as the Bronze and Iron Ages, and has prominent cemeteries from at least the seventh century BC. Some terracotta friezes from Ara del Tufo appear to be from the same mold as those of Area F of Acquarossa. After a drop in material evidence in the fifth century BC, there was a renewed prosperity in the fourth century BC, witnessed by the prominence of the tombs of a number of leading local families (Vipinana, Curuna, Statlane). These families appear to have displayed the stone sarcophagi of men and women in equal numbers, and, contrary to other communities, younger members of the society feature prominently as well.
   See also SALVIE; THVETHLIE; TUTE.

Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans. .

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