The spread of new burial practices in Early Roman Crete

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n the first century following the Roman invasion of Crete in 67-69 BC we do not see many new tomb forms or burial practices. However, there are some examples stretching back even to the Hellenistic period of what would become a widespread pattern by the second half of the 1st century AD and continue throughout the 2nd century. This consisted of a diversification in tomb forms that involved greater monumentality with a range of both eastern and western Mediterranean styles evident and a trend towards communal rather than individual burials. The spread of new tomb forms and burial types throughout the island not only demonstrates the relationship of various centres within wider Mediterranean networks but also shows the connections present within Crete and the roles that different types of centres were playing within those networks whether along the north or south coast, harbour or inland settlements, or those centres with special status, such as the capital at Gortyn or colony at Knossos.
EvenementstitelRoman Archaeology Conference
LocatieSplit, CroatiaToon op kaart