X-rays of a small bronze box found in an Etruscan tomb reveal its contents: Five needles, some thread remains and possibly a sewing reel.
The small bronze box was produced by recycling parts of an older artifact, possibly an 8th-7th-century B.C. shield. It was passed down generations until it reached the noblewoman.
This is a view of the box from above. X-rays were taken from this side.
The small bronze box was found at the feet of the skeleton in the tomb, along with a large bronze basin and a smaler dish.
The Etruscan tomb -- as it appeared when archaeologists first opened it. To the left, a skeleton lay on a stone bed, to the right, on another platform the archaeologists found some partially incinerated remains. On the wall, a small vase had been hanging for 2,600 years.
The real Etruscan warrior prince could rest on the stone bed on the right. Anthropological examination suggested the partially incinerated remains might belong to a male -- aged between 20-30 years.