Photographer's Note

Etruscan vasernThe few objects saved from the plundering of the Necropolis of Castel d'Asso are contained in a display case in the National Etruscan Museum of Viterbo, you can admire them in the WS. Among them is the beautiful vase posted in the main photo.rnrnThe rocky necropolis of Castel d’Asso - ViterbornrnThe identification of Castel d'Asso with the ancient Axia mentioned by Cicero in the Pro Caecina oration is now confirmed. The city already existed in the Archaic period, as evidenced by the discovery of some architectural terracotta dating back to 550-530 BC. C., which recall the similar and much better known specimens of slabs found in Acquarossa, flourished above all from the 4th century BC. C., as a minor center of the Tarquinian territory. In the III a. C. was subjected, like the whole area, to Roman rule, but, thanks to its position between the Via Clodia and the Via Cassia, it continued to enjoy a certain prosperity. In 87 BC it became part of the municipality of Tarquinia and from the middle of the first century. B.C. it was probably included in the municipality of Sorrina Nova.rnThe decline began from the early imperial age, until the site was abandoned in late antiquity, during the first barbarian invasions.rnBack to being inhabited again in the early Middle Ages, the castle was built in the twelfth century, still visible today on the tufaceous spur to the west of the plateau.rnIt was the first Etruscan rock necropolis to be explored and made known to the world in 1817 by the Viterbo archaeologist Francesco Orioli.rnUnfortunately it was also among the first to be plundered.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 19734 W: 130 N: 41829] (220697)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2022-01-26
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2022-01-26 9:56
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