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A 2,600-year-old tomb unearthed in Tuscany, thought to hold a warrior prince actually contains the remains of a middle-age warrior princess holding a lance.
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The untouched tomb held what looked like the body of an Etruscan prince holding a spear, along with the ashes of his wife. Several news outlets reported on the discovery of the 2,600-year-old warrior prince.

But the grave held one more surprise.

A bone analysis has revealed the warrior prince was actually a princess, as Judith Weingarten, an alumna of the British School at Athens noted on her blog, Zenobia: Empress of the East.

Etruscan tomb

Historians know relatively little about the Etruscan culture that flourished in what is now Italy until its absorption into the Roman civilization around 400 B.C. Unlike their better-known counterparts, the ancient Greeks and the Romans, the Etruscans left no historical documents, so their graves provide a unique insight into their culture.

The new tomb, unsealed by archaeologists in Tuscany, was found in the Etruscan necropolis of Tarquinia, a UNESCO World Heritage site where more than 6,000 graves have been cut into the rock.

"The underground chamber dates back to the beginning of the sixth century B.C. Inside, there are two funerary beds carved into the rock," Alessandro Mandolesi, the University of Turin archaeologist who excavated the site, wrote in an email.

When the team removed the sealed slab blocking the tomb, they saw two large platforms. On one platform lay a skeleton bearing a lance. On another lay a partially incinerated skeleton. The team also found several pieces of jewelry and a bronze-plated box, which may have belonged to a woman, according to the researchers.

"On the inner wall, still hanging from a nail, was an aryballos [a type of flask] oil-painted in the Greek-Corinthian style," Mandolesi said.

Initially, the lance suggested the skeleton on the biggest platform was a male warrior, possibly an Etruscan prince. The jewelry likely belonged to the second body, the warrior prince's wife.

But bone analysis revealed the prince holding the lance was actually a 35 to 40-year-old woman, whereas the second skeleton belonged to a man.

Given that, what do archaeologists make of the spear?

"The spear, most likely, was placed as a symbol of union between the two deceased," Mandolesi told Viterbo News 24 on Sept. 26.

Weingarten doesn't believe the symbol of unity explanation. Instead, she thinks the spear shows the woman's high status.

Their explanation is "highly unlikely," Weingarten told LiveScience. "She was buried with it next to her, not him."

Gendered assumptions

The mix-up highlights just how easily both modern and old biases can color the interpretation of ancient graves.

In this instance, the lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans may have skewed the view of the tomb. Whereas Greek women were cloistered away, Etruscan women, according to Greek historian Theopompus, were more carefree, working out, lounging nude, drinking freely, consorting with many men and raising children who did not know their fathers' identities.

Instead of using objects found in a grave to interpret the sites, archaeologists should first rely on bone analysis or other sophisticated techniques before rushing to conclusions, Weingarten said.

"Until very recently, and sadly still in some countries, sex determination is based on grave goods. And that, in turn, is based almost entirely on our preconceptions. A clear illustration is jewelry: We associate jewelry with women, but that is nonsense in much of the ancient world," Weingarten said. "Guys liked bling, too."

(CBS News: www.cbsnews.com/news/skeleton-… )
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Forty-Fathoms Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
My submission expired.
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bluedragon6969 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  New member
It's all just art,not an exact representation of real life,so all u that have a problem with it need to stay off this web site ur all a bunch of cry babies!!!!!!
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LaDarkProphet Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I find some of your accepted art for warrior women insulting. i have active service members in my family that are, like me, generally disgusted with video games, movies and tv that depicts warrior women in scanty clothing. No self respecting women would go into a fight wearing little more then lingerie. These women may as well go into battle naked and painted neon colors. i mean your trying to kill them so why not just make it easier and let them know that their human sacrifices so that the big burly men wearing something that wont get them killed can save the day. you call your selfs warrior women. your first page is about an empress that was a warrior. you should actually put meaning into those words cause no warrior male or female would wear something that would get them killed.
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Fiskosoro Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Is that really your impression of the work here? As I see it most works picture credibly armored women, who may be attractively illustarted but not in a way that they wear less armor. Just look at the Sororitas-Art for example. And even if there are some of those "lingerie-fighters", it is just artful expression, right? so why blame the artists because of it? Male warriors are exposed just as much by the media. (Look at the Spartacus-series or the Movie "300" and the accordant fanart on deviantart)
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LaDarkProphet Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel just as strongly about men wearing minimal armor. To me it is unrealistic and the only reason for it is to catch peoples attention with skimpy clothing. I have more respect for the character portrayed when they are fully clothed and ready. Sure nudity or skimpy clothing has its place and all but to simply wander around scad in nothing but undergarments just screams hey look no clothes. But then im opinionated and am biased when it comes to fantasy and sci fi. In other words i was just expressing my opinion saying that skimpy clothing, to me, is unnecessary and wrong. I still like the art still but i just don't take it seriously. I would much more intimidated or wary of a fighter, male or female, that was wearing actual armor and was poised ready to fight instead of a fighter in underpants and little else. It would be to easy to kill them and for them to wade through multiple foes with out taking a scratch is just unrealistic. Im sorry if my opinion upsets you butt that's how i feel.
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Briannabater Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
Hrm.  All my submissions seem to be expiring before anyone can look at them.

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BrittMartin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the request!
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Kajm Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would like to submit commission information (for fights). If that is acceptable, what folder would I use?
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mhazaru Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
ty for requesting me :)
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MRVAMPONY Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
do you take oc art of peoples warrior females or does it have to be a common one like a pic done from a game or moive like mass effect or marvel
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