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The Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia are a World Heritage Site in Italy. These are ancient cemeteries that provide us a glimpse into the Etruscan civilization between the 9th to the 1st century BC.


Etruscan tombs of Banditaccia at Cerveteri
Etruscan tombs of Banditaccia at Cerveteri
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Etruscan tombs of Monterozzi at Tarquinia
Etruscan tombs of Monterozzi at Tarquinia
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The Etruscans are trhe first urban civilization to appear in northern Mediterranean. The tombs come in two different designs: the burial mounds known as tumuli, and the square tombs known as dice.

The cemetery at Cerveteri is called the Necropoli della Banditaccia. It covers an area of 400 hectares, and holds some 1,000 tombs. The Etruscan necropolises in Tarquinia holds some 6,000 tombs of which 200 have wall paintings on them.

Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 28th session of the World Heritage Committee in Suzhou, China, on 28 June - 7 July, 2004.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 42 00 24.6 E 12 06 06.8 in the provinces of Rome and Viterbo
Inscription Year: 2004
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, III, IV
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