The tombs of pre-Roman Capua are known for their extraordinary finds, yet the excavations in the necropoleis of this most important Campanian centre have left a problematic heritage. In this book are published hitherto unknown data and finds from the necropolis in località Fornaci, which is the biggest burial place systematically excavated. The material concerned covers the so-called Etruscan period. A thorough analysis of Capuan funerary customs in the archaic and early classical times provides new insights into the social organization of the community and into collective identities as well as a critical evaluation of current historic models.
(1975) studied Prehistoric and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the Universities of Freiburg i. Br., Rom, Berlin and Amsterdam. Her dissertation on the necropoleis of Capua was accepted at the University of Amsterdam in 2009. She collaborated in different excavations and surveys in Italy and Turkey, and taught at the Universities of Amsterdam and Bern. Her own research focuses on pre-Roman Italy and its cultural interactions, the archaeology of burials, burial grounds and the self-representations of elites. As Post-doc at the University of Zurich, she currently works on her project on late Etruscan funerary architecture in Cerveteri.