The Etruscan civilisation developed in what is now central Italy in the 8th century BC. And they have left a wealth of mystery to archaeologists. Tom Kasmussen of the University of Manchester explains the issue at hand. There were no Etruscan historians to record the customs of their people, and Etruscan writing – used mainly for religious purposes – has not yet been completely deciphered. This documentary starts with the discovery of a great many Etruscan amphorae on the sea bottom by a French team, who brought their find to the surface with the help of divers and specially designed machines. Etruscan art was mainly funerary and represents the principal means for gaining an understanding of this people: the Sarcophagus of the Spouses is well-known all over the world and the frescos painted on the tomb walls are unique. Giovanni Colonna, from the Università La Sapienza of Rome, examines the new relics recovered from the sea – a small decorated amphora, in particular – to try to add a new piece to the Etruscan puzzle.
With the help of Jaques Perrin (The Migratory People).