Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Pre-Roman Burial Found in Italy

"Italy finds 4,500-year old skeleton of warrior"
Reuters India (August 1, 2009)

"A roughly 4,500 year-old skeleton of a man, probably a warrior killed by an arrow to the chest, has been discovered on a beach south of Rome, Italian police said.

"The well-preserved skeleton, dubbed 'Nello,' was found during a routine flyover around areas of archaeological interest in May that prompted police to probe a fissure in the ground...."

The article gives a brief overview of the archeological find.

Italian officials thought 'Nello' might be a Roman, until they found out how old he was. There wouldn't be a Roman Republic for about two thousand years when he died.

Like the fellow wrote, "Very deep is the well of the past. Should we not call it bottomless?..." (Prelude of "Joseph and His Brothers," Thomas Mann, 1934, H. T. Lowe-Porter translation)

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