Here are the very first results of the virtual reconstruction of the Etruscan Regolini Galassi tomb, excavated in 1836, with the objects on display in the Vatican Museum. This virtual reconstruction is based upon dummy objects with an approximated form and material but with the right dimensions. Also the tomb is quite precise. We used the oldest drawings of Luigi Grifi, made shortly after the excavations, to interpret which objects were standing where.
In this reconstruction, we have assumed that the floor was horizontal and that there were stairs down to this floor level. If this would not be the case, most objects such as the chariot and the lebes (with holmos support) would need to stand on a sloping floor.
In the reconstruction above, many discrepancies are visible with the drawing. First of all, the objects are bigger than depicted on the drawing (see below). The bed stands in the middle of the antechamber and in fact the shields cannot be positioned as depicted (we have depicted the 2 by 2 shields in an overlapping way, but that is very unlikely).
In the drawing above, the numbers in red refer to the catalogue number of Pareti (1947). It still remains unclear why the tripods G (Pareti 309 & 310) are looking empty, they should carry some bowl with incense.
So that’s it for now. Next post will be about the first Lebetes Mystery…
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