Il rituale dell’incinerazione nel Lazio antico nella fase iniziale dell’età del Bronzo finale (ca. XII sec. a.C.)


  • Anna De Santis Già Soprintendenza Speciale Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio di Roma


Parole chiave:

Latium vetus, Etruria, Cremation, roof-shaped lid, cultural identity


In the ancient phase of the EBF (ca. 12th century BC), Latium appears to be closely connected to Etruria. The ritual of incineration now appears in a new version that is adopted simultaneously by communities in the two regions.
The formal burial is now reserved for only a very few individuals per community. Moreover, for the first time the cinerary urn becomes the house of the dead, indicated by the lid that reproduces the shape of a hut roof. This element introduces the idea of death as a passage to a new life in a different physical dimension, which during the next phase will be developed in systematic and
consistent forms in the ritual of Latium, but not in that of southern Etruria. Such a radical change in ritual, ideology and funerary behaviour is the correlate of an important political-organisational novelty involving both regions, the emergence of centralised forms of political control.





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