[Gr. Agylla; Lat. Caere; Etrus. Caisra]
Italian town near the Tyrrhenian coast c. 40 km north-west of Rome. The Etruscan city of Caisra, usually known by its Roman name, Caere, was situated on a tufa plateau bounded by two streams, extending north-east of modern Cerveteri. The site is especially important for the extensive Etruscan necropolises on the surrounding hillsides (see fig.). The ancient town itself has been only partially excavated.
The first settlements at and around Cerveteri date to the Middle Bronze Age. By the Late Bronze Age (12th–11th century