Etruscan Territory

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It is hard to determine exactly when the history of the Etruscans started, but most writers now agree on the period between the tenth-eleventh century BCE as the early beginnings of what was to become the Etruscans. There is no distinct change occuring between the "Villanovan" period and that of the Etruscans.The maximum extent of Etruscan expansion occurred around the middle of the 6th Century, and that territory corresponded almost exactly to that of the Villanovan phase, which also included the Northern Centres and Campania. Latium had its own unique characteristics which marked it apart from that of the true Villanovan period, but there were marked differences even within what is taken to be Etruscan territory, for example the Northern Etruscan disposition towards cremation as opposed to inhumation in the south.