ROME (Reuters) - Italian police have recovered a hoard of ancient Etruscan funerary urns and other treasures including bronze weapons which were originally found during building works and trafficked illegally.
Described by officials as one of the most important recoveries of Etruscan art ever, the haul included 23 funerary urns from a tomb complex in the area of modern Perugia belonging to an already-identified aristocratic family called the Cacni.
"It’s an extraordinary find," said Luigi Malnati, director general of antiquities at Italy’s culture ministry. "It’s of incredible historical importance in its own right and it helps reconstruct the context for these objects," he said. Read more.