have uncovered a large stone slab bearing an Etruscan inscription. The find dates to around 500 BCE.
Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis, the linen book of Zagreb. Written around 250 BCE, this somehow ended up being used to wrap an Egyptian mummy. That mummy was purchased in Alexandria in 1848 and taken to Zagreb, where somebody unwrapped it and noticed the strange lettering on the linen strips. They were taken to Vienna, where a Teutonic expert – one imagines a scholarly gnome dwelling in the dark basement of some vast museum, his desk surrounded by mountains of books and manuscripts– recognized the language as Etruscan and put the strips in their proper order. The text contains about 1200 words. It is mostly untranslated, but dates and the names of gods have been recognized, so it is thought to be a ritual calendar and collection of prayers.