Research Abroad: The Eastern Etruscan?

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ABOVE: Exploring a huge, Etruscan burial mound at Banditaccia in Cerverteri, Italy. Photo credit: Anna Craig ’17

I have an affinity for arts of the ancient world, especially Etruscan visual productions.

In 2015, fueled by my passion for arts of the ancient world, I undertook a research project that started at Wheaton and ended in Italy. the-eastern-etruscan research project explores gendered funerary art and its connection with ancient Near Eastern visual culture. I argue that Etruscan women were borrowing Near Eastern motifs and styles during the “Orientalizing” period to elevate their own status in Etruria, even after death.

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