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    The first ever Etruscan pyramids have been located underneath a wine cellar in the city of Orvieto in central Italy, according to a team of U.S. and Italian archaeologists.
    Carved into the rock of the tufa plateau -- a sedimentary area that is a result of volcanic activity -- on which the city stands, the subterranean structures were largely filled. Only the top-most modern layer was visible.
    "Within this upper section, which had been modified in modern times and was used as a wine cellar, we noticed a series of ancient stairs carved into the wall. They were clearly of Etruscan construction," David B. George of the Department of Classics at Saint Anselm, told Discovery News.
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    Interesting find - tnx for posting.
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      The space above was once used by a family of artifact forgers. Some of the artifacts could be forgeries.


      On May 21st, the team began to dig under an Orvieto cellar with a fascinatingly checkered history. In the 1950s it was a furniture shop. The tools and work benches are still in place. In the 1920s and 30s it was used by renowned painter and ceramic artist Ilario Ciaurro who had a kiln in the space and produced pieces heavily influenced by Orvieto’s ancient and medieval past. In the first two decades of the 1900s, the cellar was also used for making pottery, but not the innocent bowl-and-teapot kind. This was the workshop of the notorious Riccardi brothers, a family of artifact forgers who duped major institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum.

      Their most spectacular coup happened between 1915 and 1921 when they sold the Met three purported Etruscan statues — one life-sized terracotta warrior, one colossal warrior and one colossal head — that they had of course made themselves in the Orvieto cave. The Met was committed to its deception even though many experts in Italy knew or strongly suspected the statues were fakes. Actually, art historical expertise wasn’t even necessary to spot the fraud, because apparently the exposed genitals of the colossal warrior (Etruscans often depicted their warriors naked from the waist down) were modeled after those of Riccardo Riccardi himself, and a number of the young ladies in town had recognized them.
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        Originally posted by Persephone View Post
        The space above was once used by a family of artifact forgers. Some of the artifacts could be forgeries.
        How do you "forge" a pyramid?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
          How do you "forge" a pyramid?
          "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."— Bertrand Russell

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
            How do you "forge" a pyramid?
            Who said anything about forged pyramids? I said 'artifacts'...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
              How do you "forge" a pyramid?
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