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Tomb raider leads Italy police to ancient paintings
Jun 16, 2006 — By Robin Pomeroy

FORMELLO, Italy (Reuters) - Italy unveiled on Friday a new archaeological site that some experts say houses the oldest paintings in the history of Western civilization.

Italy's culture minister took reporters to an unremarkable field outside Rome under which they were shown a room carved into the hillside, decorated with colorful frescoes which archaeologists said were 2,700 years old.

"It's a prince's tomb that is unique, and I would say is at the origins of Western art," said Minister Francesco Rutelli, standing on what, until two weeks ago when the site was found, was just a field of barley.

Authorities were led to the spot — in an area known for its remains from the Etruscan civilization that thrived in Italy before the Roman Empire — by an 82-year-old Austrian tour guide who police were questioning for looting ancient artifacts.
That would be something to see.

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