The Etruscans in a meeting of the Giovanni Papini Association

On the afternoon of Wednesday, 30 March 2011 at the headquarters of the Cultural Association, Giovanni Papini, located inside the Hotel Mediterraneo (Florence), was held under the patronage of UNESCO, the Municipality of Florence, and the International Institute of Humankind Studies a meeting on The Etruscans. Anthropological theory of the Anatolian origins and ancient iron road”.


The event, presented by the President of the Giovanni Papini Association, Luigi Ciampolini, ran the banner of the illustration of new excavations and discoveries relating to the prestigious Etruscan Civilization, the mother of the people of our beloved land.

At the beginning Massimo Becattini’s documentary entitled “Etruria unknown. The Etruscans in the north of the Arno. The presence of the Etruscans in the territories of the plain of Florence, Prato, Pistoia ...was screened and, subsequently, Eng. Pietro Berna, Vice-President of the Giovanni Papini Association, recalling the purposes of cultural promotion of the Association, introduced the following interventions.



It was then the turn of Gianfranco Bracci, writer of archaeological routes, which described the characteristics of the “Iron Road”, and later, Brunetto Chiarelli, Anthropologist and President of the International Institute for Humankind Studies, presented the book Dal Bronzo al Ferro: Sulla possibile origine Anatolica degli Etruschi (From the Bronze Age to the Iron one: On the possible Anatolian origin of the Etruscans - with the help of some interesting figures; Marco Masseti, Paleozoologist at the University of Florence, focused his speech on the subject of zoological and zoomorphic elements of the Near East in the artistic kits of the tomb in “Montagnola”, Etruscan necropolis of VII century B.C. in Quinto Fiorentino (Florence); Agostino Vannini, an expert in mining technology, outlined the metallurgical techniques of the Etruscans; Francamaria Raggi, historian, illustrated the way of the Tyrrhenian from Anatolia, precisely from Poliochni, to Tuscany; finally David Biosa, scholar of language at the University of Florence, highlighted the similarities of some linguistic terms of our land with others of the Anatolian region.

To close the meeting was Prof. Stringa, President of the UNESCO Centres, which was introduced by President Ciampolini and emphasized the importance of such studies.

Luca Lepori


Preparation of the second Meeting of Cognitive Sciences, dedicated to C. Meo Fiorot


“Cognitive Anthropology: biological, socio-cultural and psychosomatic aspects of the human evolution”




Minutes of the gathering held in Florence on 29th October, 2010



A working group gathered in the University premises of the International Institute of Humankind Studies to prepare the second Meeting dedicated to C. Meo Fiorot on studies of Cognitive Anthropology.

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