Grotte di Castro. Necropolis of Pianezze

Necropolis of Pianezze in Grotte di Castro is one of the necropolis of the Etruscan centre of Tyro that is found on the tufo heights known as "La Civita". Of this centre remain tunnels, cisterns and stretches of the defensive wall in large blocks of tufa.

The necropolis was in use between the sixth and fifth centuries BC, and there are 24 chamber tombs excavated into the tuff at multiple levels and with long access corridors.

The tombs have a SE-NW direction, with reference to the Etruscan religious beliefs to which the Northwest is to be attributed to the underworld deities.

Each tomb housed a couple of generations of a family.

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