2011 in review

21 Jan

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,100 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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3 Responses to “2011 in review”

  1. Kaitlinn March 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    My name is Kaitlinn, and for my school, i’ve got to do a project about the etruscans. i’ve visited the Allard-pierson museum in Amsterdam, and i walked trough the well-made etruscanning. but there is one thing i don’t understand and that is why the men is cremated (i don’t know or that is the correct spelling) and the women is buried?
    and who died first? that wasn’t clear in the museum, and i can’t find it nowhere on the internet.
    i hope someone can help me.
    if you can help me, please send an e-mail to: kaitlinn893@gmail.com
    thank you very much!!!

    • danielpletinckx March 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      Hi Kaitlinn,

      Many thanks for your interest ! Very good questions, let me try to answer them quickly.

      Around 1000 BC, the Etruscans were just the group of people that lived in Etruria, the area that is now called Toscany and Umbria, and specialists call them the Villanova people, but in fact this is only a name to indiciate the early Etruscans that were just farmers (a bit like Asterix an Obelix), fishermen and merchants. The Villanovan Etruscans were cremating the dead and bury the ashes in urns, that were covered by a pot if it was a woman or by a helmet if it was a man.

      By finding and mining gold and silver in Etruria, starting from about 750 BC, and selling it to the leading cultures in the Middle East (now Egypt, Israel, Syria, Irak, Iran, …), they became very rich in a short time. In delivering their goods by boat, they visited these countries and adopted a lot of the culture of their “customers”. One of the things that they adopted from the Middle East was to bury the people instead of cremating them. They did that for all people except for high ranking warriors, who were still cremated, following their old Villanovan tradition. We don’t know why, but that is what we find in graves: those cremation urns go together with war chariots, swords, shields, …

      Concerning who died first, we think that the woman died first and later the man, but we are not really sure as the grave was excavated in 1836, and the methodology of excavation and documenting the excavation was still in its infancy at that moment. Indeed, we don’t mention it because we are not sure. If the grave would have been excavated in the last 20 years, we would know nearly for sure who was buried first.

      I hope this helps, feel free to ask for more information


  2. Mr. Andy Vasvari October 2, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Very interesting, I view the etruscans as the latin calygraphic forfathers of the area

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