Science: The Treasures of Comacchio

In Italy's marshy delta of the Po stands the small, bedraggled town of Comacchio. Noted chiefly for poverty, tuberculosis, and eels caught in the nearby lagoons, it had a period of illicit prosperity in the 1920s. When the Valle Trebba was drained by a reclamation project, its muddy bottom proved to be an ancient necropolis. Out of 1,250 tombs came bronze vases and candelabra, gold and silver jewelry and a wealth of beautiful pottery. Part of it was of Etruscan manufacture dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. Much of the rest was Greek of...

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