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TranscULturality and social innovation in frontier AReas of pre-Roman Italy

Human mobility has always played a vital role in shaping societies, both in the past and present. From the circulation of people to the fusion and integration of individuals, these dynamics have triggered fundamental transitions in our socio-political landscape. The MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) TULAR project delves into the intriguing question of how changes in human networks influenced the diverse cultural, social, and economic adaptations of ancient communities during the formative period of Etruscan civilization. The project aims to piece together the puzzle of the past and gaining deeper insights into the resilience and evolution of ancient communities, exploring the fascinating story of the Etruscan society and its enduring impact on our understanding of human history.

The Etruscan people – a key case-study

The TULAR project, derived from the Etruscan word for “border”, focuses on the Iron Age proto-Etruscan frontier sites as well as sites in Etruria proper in the Italian peninsula. These sites hold valuable insights into fluctuations in network dynamics, as reflected in the material culture and funerary rituals over time. By exploring frontier sites, where the coexistence of diverse cultures is richly documented, as well as sites in Etruria proper, that become Etruscan city-states in historical times, we’ll gain a unique opportunity to trace human networks and community connectivity in archaeology.

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Uncovering key information through a multidisciplinary approach

Nowadays archaeology plays a pivotal role in shedding light on themes related to human mobility and community connectivity. TULAR leverages cutting-edge cross-disciplinary approaches, seamlessly combining the study of funerary ritual, human osteology, and multi-isotope analysis. This integration empowers us to understand the intricate interactions that shaped the Etruscan society in its formative stage and its remarkable adaptability to various changes.

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The Strength of Collaboration

TULAR is a collaborative project between the University of Bologna (host Institution), the Goethe University of Frankfurt (secondment), Cardiff University as well as other main Institutions such as the Museo delle Civiltà in Rome and Sapienza University of Rome. These institutions provide state-of-the-art facilities and expertise, enabling us to conduct ambitious research.

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