The world's oldest multiple-page book - in the lost Etruscan language - has gone on display in Bulgaria's National History Museum in Sofia. It contains six bound sheets of 24 carat gold, with illustrations of a horse-rider, a mermaid, a harp and soldiers.
'Extraordinary Find': Rare Religious Text Written in Lost Etruscan Language
One particularly interesting mummy, known as the Liber Linteus (Latin for ‘Linen Book’), and its equally famous linen wrappings, are located in the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Croatia. The text of the linen is actually written in Etruscan (north west Italy). Even today, the Etruscan language is still not fully understood, as very little of the ancient language has survived. What was an Etruscan book doing on an Egyptian mummy?
What Etruscan sounded like and how we know Italy's lost language? They gave Rome the alphabet, but we hardly know them. Here's how we pieced together the extinct language of an early Italian civilization.