Italian Villagers Pressure Met for Return of Etruscan War Chariot

July 2007
Military History;Jul/Aug2007, Vol. 24 Issue 5, p9
The article focuses on the demand of citizens of Monteleone di Spoleto, a small mountain village in Northern Italy, for the return of a 2,600-year-old Etruscan war chariot they claim was smuggled out of the country last century and sold to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. According to villagers, local shepherd Isidoro Vannozzi dug up the bronze chariot in 1902. American financier J. P. Morgan purchased the chariot for the Met and spirited it to Paris aboard a grain railcar.


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