In what was once the ancient Greek colony of Cumae in Italy, archaeologists are exploring a necropolis that’s kept its secrets for thousands of years. Here, these experts usually find the remains of the region’s elite buried in long-sealed tombs. But inside one such vault, the team actually discover an intricate mural that sheds new light on a forgotten past.
Ever since the Phoenicians first arrived on the shores of what is now Italy in the tenth century B.C., this Mediterranean country has been a melting pot of different cultures. But even though the Romans arguably take up most of the pages in school history books today, the truth is that many different civilizations have left their marks on this part of the world.
Back in the eighth century B.C., for example, the homeland of the ancient Greeks was under threat. So, spurred on by crises such as climate change and famine, the Greeks spread out to colonize and trade with other lands. And soon enough, Greek settlements had sprung up in Sicily and on the Italian peninsula.