31 Mar '16, 9am

Ancient stone engravings could be long lost religious text

Ancient stone engravings could be long lost religious text

The Etruscans occupied ancient Italy prior to the Romans, known to have laid the foundations for the great civilization to follow. Though highly influential, little is known about them because of a surprising lack of non-perishable artifacts. Our understanding of Etruscan language and culture is scant; their religious beliefs have been all but lost. But now, a breakthrough discovery: Archaeologists excavating an ancient Etruscan temple in Tuscany have unearthed a 2,500-year-old stone slab that is marked with obscure writing that scholars believe could represent a long lost Etruscan religious text, reports The Christian Science Monitor . “This is probably going to be a sacred text, and will be remarkable for telling us about the early belief system of a lost culture that is fundamental to western traditions,” said archaeologist Gregory Warden. “Inscriptions of more than a f...

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