Tarquinia, Villanovans, and early Etruscans (Bulletin No. 23 of American School of Prehistoric Research, Peabody Museum, Harvard University) - 2 Volume Set
by Hugh Hencken ; Photos, by Johannes Felbermeyer unless otherwise indicated
Cambridge, MA: Peabody Museum, 1968. Softcover. VG+ Some foxing spots at top edges of text blocks.. Tan printed wraps. 2 Volumes. 2 volumes (xxxi, 719 pages) : 497 illus, 6 folding illus. & charts in rear pocket of vol. 1. A very nice set, appears little used. Prior to the publication of this research, there was little to support Pallottino's view of an autochthonous origin of the Etruscans. With Tarquinia, Villanovans and Early Etruscans, Hencken has provided just such a definitive work. The site of Tarquinia is one of the great cemeteries of the Italian Iron Age and is of singular importance, because its beginnings were early and it continued in use throughout the developmental history of the Villanovan culture. Volume I of Hencken's work comprises a escription of the site, the graves, and their contents. A topographical description of Tarquinia and the several cemeteries surrounding the settlement and a history of archeological investigations constitute a preface to the major part of the work. Tarquinia's importance asa communication and trade center is emphasized; the history of the use of the different cemeteries and a valuable appraisal of the discoveries in accordance with varying standards of excavation and reporting provide the reader with the necessary background. Detailed descriptions of the graves and their contents, arranged in chronological order by period, and within each period by cemetery area, form the major part of the book. Descriptions of objects are clear and the cross-references with illustrations accurate, an admirable feat considering the magnitude of the work. (Partial review by R. J. RODDEN).
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