Whoa! Ancient Childbirth Image Found at Excavation Site Photo: YouTube/lizwacker
Look what archaeologists dug up: Researchers recently found two images of a woman giving birth at the site of a 2,700-year-old Etruscan settlement at Poggio Colla in Italy’s Mugello Valley.
Experts on the excavation project, which is a collaboration between Southern Methodist University, Franklin & Marshall College, the University of Pennsylvania and The Open University in England, believe that this may be the first image of labor in Western art -- ever. It’s on a ceramic piece that’s 1.75 by 1.25 inches. University of Texas at Arlington graduate student William Nutt found the piece. (Nutt, by the way, is also legally blind, making the discovery even more incredible.)
For those of you who didn’t pay attention in history class, here’s a refresher: The Etruscans were the first inhabitants of Italy before the Roman Empire. They brought Greek culture to Italy and were known for their art, agriculture, metalwork and commerce. They inhabited Italy in the first millennium B.C. before they were conquered by the Romans.
What a find! Are you intrigued?
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