Cerveteri, Necropoli del Sorbo, Tomb 2. Second half of the 9th c. BCE. Photographic archive, ETRU National Etruscan Museum
A Pozzetto in the Tuff
On 13 February 1911, a “well-shaped” pozzetto tomb cut into the tuff was brought to light within Tomb 2. Deposited within the pozzetto was a container made of tuff, inside of which was preserved a biconical cinerary urn capped by a lid in the shape of a helmet. This was decorated with strips of metal (identifiable due to the residual traces of their application) and featured a finial designed to imitate the roof of a hut. The urn contained the burnt remains of a man who died around the age of 30-40, as recent anthropological analyses have demonstrated. Also deposited within the urn was a small brooch (fibula) of the enlarged bow-shaped type, while a bronze pick with bone handle was placed within the tuff container.
In the Museum
One of the most interesting contexts discovered in this burial ground, dating to the second half of the 9th c. BCE, is on display in room 9.