The digital restoration work of the archaeological remains in the Monte Michele number 5 tomb in Veii included some other objects in addition to the wagon.
In the main chamber, standing on the load bed of the wagon, was the cinerary urn, which contained the cremated remains of a man. They were wrapped in a piece of cloth, following an anatomical order. Homer describes this ritual that was reserved for warriors.
When the roof of the tomb felt down on the objects, the cinerary urn was crushed. It was made in bronze, decorated with ornamental and figurative motifs, which included a Gorgo-Potnia (a Mistress of Animals with a Gorgon’s head) on one of the short sides. On the long sides, the decoration was similar to the one of the wagon coverings, while the edges of the roof were decorated with guilloches.
The urn imitates the kind of house used at that moment by the Etruscans: it was almost 45 cm high and its base covered a surface of 30 cm by 68 cm. To restore its decoration, we created a depth map using the same procedure explained in previous posts, while the 3D reconstruction was made in Blender.
This is the final result!