The debate on Etruscan origins reveals the modern obsession with race. Ancient peoples were unified through culture rather than racial origins (this was conspicously true for the Celts, Egyptians and Jews amongst others, all of whom were a mixed people).

The Etruscans were most likely the result of a culture produced by a community of Lydians (and perhaps Trojan Sea People), Gallic tribes and Indigenous peoples. The resultant combination producing a unique and vibrant culture open to further influxes of ideas