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Learning from human remains: Seianti's skeleton: Track 1


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How much can we learn from an entombed skeleton? This album introduces Seianti Hanunia Tlesnasa, an Etruscan noblewoman whose remains, along with her magnificent painted sarcophagus and life-size model, provide us with an unequalled insight a Roman life around 150 BC. The Etruscans were the original inhabitants of Italy before the Romans, and Seianti’s sarcophagus and skeleton reveal a huge amount about their customs and society, as well as her own health, lifestyle and status. Medical artists and forensic scientists help complete the picture, by reconstructing her face, using anatomical science. This material forms part of The Open University course A219 Exploring the classical world.

By: The OpenLearn Team (The Open University)

  • Duration 33 minutes
  • Updated Wednesday 7th October 2009

Track 1: Learning from human remains: Seianti’s skeleton

An audio introduction to this album.

Tracks in this podcast:

Track Title Description
1 Learning from human remains: Seianti’s skeleton An audio introduction to this album. Play now Learning from human remains: Seianti’s skeleton
2 The sarcophagus An introduction to the most complete Etruscan skeleton in existence. Play now The sarcophagus
3 Who was Seianti? Seianti’s clothing and jewellery give us many clues about her identity. Play now Who was Seianti?
4 Seianti’s skeleton A pathology expert builds up a fascinating picture of Seianti’s health, lifestyle, and death. Play now Seianti’s skeleton
5 Reconstructing Seianti A forensic-medical artist and an archaeologist reconstruct Seianti’s face using anatomical science. Play now Reconstructing Seianti
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