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Puzzle: Cracking the Code of the Etruscan Language

The image detail above shows one line of an inscription on the left side of a stele (the term for a stone slab) recently unearthed at an Etruscan site known as Poggio Colla in Tuscany, Italy after more than 2,500 years. Four feet tall by two feet wide, the slab was discovered by a team of researchers as part of the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project which as been shedding light on ancient Etruscan life for the past twenty years. UMass Amherst Etruscan language expert Rex Wallace (Classics) is now studying the text (written right to left) to decipher its meaning. Learn more.

Image credit: Alessandro Nocentini