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Romeo & Juliet? Archeological find in Italy

40 rare and important archaeological finds of our time.

Mirror with a support in the form of a nude girl, second half of 6th century b.c. Laconian; Said to be from southern Italy Bronze

Reliquary of Mary Magdalene [Made in Tuscany, Italy] (17.190.504) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Italy’s most ghoulish site, this crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed and hung from hooks. The practice began in 1599 when local priests mummified a holy monk and allowed visitors. Soon regular residents of Palermo wanted to be remembered in this fashion. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.

Etruscan tom of the Infernal Quadriga, Sarteano (near Siena), Italy was discovered in 2003.

Etruscan tomb, Italy

Herculaneum

August 1982, Herculaneum, Italy --- Jeweled gold rings still encircle the finger of a partially excavated skeleton at Herculaneum (Ercolano), Italy. Herculaneum, like its neighbor city Pompeii, was buried by material from the sudden eruption of Vesuvius in A.D. 79

3D reconstruction of the position of the "Lovers of Valdaro", two fossilized skeletons (a man and a woman) dating back to 6000 years ago, discovered by archaeologists at a Neolithic tomb in S.Giorgio near Mantova, Italy, in 2007.

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Sphinx probably a table support Roman 120-140 CE from Monte Cagnolo outside Lanuvium near Rome, Italy

Gregorio Dati (1363-1436) or Leonardo Dati (1360-1425) - Manuscript, Italy (c. 1400).

Excavated Ruins Of Herculaneum -- Destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 CE.

Young Flavian Woman (back of bust) c. 90 CE. currently located at Museo Capitolino, Rome, Italy

Pompeii, Italy

We all dream of eternal love The Lovers of Valdaro. Believed to be no older than twenty years of age when death occurred. Over 5,000 years old. Locked in an eternal embrace. Tragically, their story is unknown. Ironically, they were found in the city of Mantua. In Italy. The city Shakespeare chose to set the story of Romeo & Juliet.

Bath House in Pompeii, Italy

Roma (Capitoline Museums, Empereror Constantine the Great)

Morbid Anatomy: "Ecstatic Raptures and Immaculate Corpses: Visions of Death Made Beautiful in Italy"

Pompeii Roman House