“The Evolution of Funerary Ideology Among the Elites of Roccagloriosa During the 5th-4th Centuries B.C.”

Katrina Tarnawsky


The practice of mortuary archaeology often relies upon the examination of funerary assemblages in order to reconstruct socio-cultural changes among a group of people. This paper takes a closer look at the grave goods from two pairs of Iron-Age elite Lucanian tombs at the settlement of Roccagloriosa in order to detect how funerary ideology changed over time. From the evidence I argue that there was an evolution of aristocratic gentilician identity alongside the establishment of the newly formed Lucanian ethnos in Southern Italy between the fifth and fourth centuries B.C.

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