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A Warrior's Tomb Volume 57 Number 2, March/April 2004
by Jarrett A. Lobell

A routine excavation in a southern Italian cemetery reveals the richly painted sarcophagus of a forgotten warrior.

Thirty years after the tiny and little-known site of Galitta del Capitano in southern Italy was first excavated, archaeologists from the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Salerno, Avellino, Benevento recently returned to perform some routine archaeological maintenance. There they were surprised to uncover a stunning 2,300-year-old sarcophagus covered with brightly colored frescoes in shades of blue, red, and yellow showing scenes of military victory and triumphant return.
* See our March/April 2004 issue for the full text and exclusive photographs.

Jarrett A. Lobell is photography editor of ARCHAEOLOGY. The author thanks Marco Merola for his generous assistance.

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