Death as a Process: The Archaeology of the Roman Funeral

The study of funerary practice has become one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of Roman archaeology in recent decades. This volume draws on large-scale fieldwork from across Europe, methodological advances and conceptual innovations to explore new insights from analysis of the Roman dead, concerning both the rituals which saw them to their tombs and the communities who buried them. In particular the volume seeks to establish how the ritual sequence, from laying out the dead to the pyre and tomb, and from placing the dead in the earth to the return of the living to commemorate them, may be studied from archaeological evidence. Contributors examine the rites regularly practiced by town and country folk from the shores of the Mediterranean to the English Channel, as well as exceptional circumstances, as in the aftermath of the Varian disaster in Augustan Germany. Case studies span a cross-section of Roman society, from the cosmopolitan merchants of Corinth to salt pan workers at Rome and the rural poor of Britannia and Germania. Some papers have a methodological focus, considering how human skeletal, faunal and plant remains illuminate the dead themselves and death rituals, while others examine how to interpret the stratigraphic signatures of the rituals practiced before, around and after burial. Adapting anthropological models, other papers develop interpretive perspectives on the funerary sequences which can thus be reconstructed and explore the sensory dimensions of burying and commemorating the dead. Through these varied approaches the volume aims to demonstrate and develop the richness of the insights into Roman society and culture which may be won from study of the dead.

Table of Contents


Jake Weekes and John Pearce

Introduction: Death as a process in Roman funerary archaeology

John Pearce

Space, object, and process in the Koutsongila Cemetery at Roman Kenchreai, Greece

Joseph L. Rife and Melissa Morison

Archaeology and funerary cult: stratigraphy of soils in the cemeteries of Cispadana

Jacopo Ortalli

Buried Batavians: mortuary rituals of a rural frontier community

Stijn Heeren and Joris Aarts

Funerary Archaeology at St Dunstan’s Terrace, Canterbury

Jake Weekes

They fought and died – but were covered with earth only years later: “Mass graves” on the ancient battlefield of Kalkriese

Achim Rost and Susanne Wilbers-Rost

Recent work on Romano-British cemeteries

Paul Booth

Funerary complexes from imperial Rome: a new approach to anthropological study using excavation and laboratory data

Paola Catalano, Carla Caldarini, Flavio De Angelis and Walter Pantano

“How did it go?” … putting the process back into cremation

Jacqueline I. McKinley

Animals in funerary practices: sacrifices, offerings and meals at Rome and in the provinces.

Sébastien Lepetz

(Afterword) Process and polysemy: an appreciation of a cremation burial

Jake Weekes

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  • 311
  • Studies in Funerary Archaeology
  • John Pearce, Jake Weekes
  • 2017
  • 1
  • Oxbow Books
  • 272
  • English
  • 1785703234,9781785703232
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