2,500-Year-Old Skeleton Reveals Gruesome Side of Etruscan Life, Still Bound at the Neck and Ankles

by 29lab 26-05-2023

The Etruscan civilization remains one of the most fascinating cultures. Peaking around 900 B.C., they were advanced and artistic.

From them, the French learned about wine making and the Romans how to built roads. Their grave goods and art revealed an eclectic, good-natured people who respected their women.

One skeleton brings a little-known aspect about the Etruscans to the fore—that they also had a cruel side.

In Tuscany, archaeologists found an Etruscan burial with a 20-30-year-old man inside. He was still in the chains he had died in 2,500 years ago, leaving one arm awkwardly twisted.

Iron around his neck and ankles weighed almost five pounds. The shackles were a complex system designed to prevent normal walking.

The metal collar was once attached to a wooden object (now gone) that ran behind the neck.

Also long since degraded, were leather or material cords that connected the punishing device from his neck to the feet.

This first-ever Etruscan grave with a shackled person was unexpectedly found in a necropolis containing normal burials.