Art: A Family of Tuscania

In the rich Etruscan country north of Rome, archaeologists and grave robbers bitterly compete in the search for ancient tombs. But sometimes the grave robber unwittingly becomes the archaeologist's ally. Such a case came to light last week when Rome's Villa Giulia, Italy's main museum of Etruscan artifacts, told the story behind some superb statues it had put on display.

The statues were from a family tomb located near the town of Tuscania. One day last May, a farmer, wandering over the hills outside Tuscania, noticed a hole on top of one of the hills revealing a tomb that was unknown until...

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