Tombs at Tarquinia
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Location Tarquinia, now Corneto, Italy   map
Date -600   timeline
Building Type tomb
 Construction System Rock-cut
Climate mediterranean
Context underground
Style Etruscan
Notes vivid wall paintings.





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Discussion Tombs at Tarquinia Commentary

"The extensive necropolis at Tarquinia is chiefly notable for the large number of rock-cut tombs which retain on their walls paintings of daily life and of funeral rites and banquets. These tombs are mostly simple rectangular chambers ... One later tomb, the Mercareccia Tomb (possibly third century BC), has an outer chamber with a timber roof sloping to a central opening which reproduces the atrium of a house of the time as described by Vitruvius. Around the walls are friezes of carved reliefs, now in a relatively poor state of preservation."

— Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p217.

Sources on Tombs at Tarquinia

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. circle and square diagram, p185. — Updated edition available at

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. drawings, p266, figures F & G.

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. NA200.F63 1987. discussion, p217. — The classic text of architectural history. Updated edition available at

Hugh Hencken. Tarquinia and Etruscan Origins. New York: Frederick A. Prager, Publishers, 1968. DG223.H352. LC 68-24043. perspective drawing of interior view, fig46c, p129. transverse section drawing of the tomb, f45, p127. longitudinal section drawing showing tomb, f47, p127. section drawing showing hill and tomb, f44, p126. plan drawing showing tomb and hill, f44, p126.

Salvatore Settis, ed. The Land of the Etruscans. Text by Marisa Bonamici, Riccardo Francovich, Renata Grifoni Cremonesi, Andreina Ricci and Leonardo Rombai. Italy: SCALA, 1985. color photo of interior of Tomb of the Baron (late 6th century) showing frieze, f141, p81. color photo of interior end wall of the "Tomba degli Auguri" (540-520 B.C.), f1, p3.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Tombs at Tarquinia


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