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The Funerary Landscape of San Giovenale

Fredrik Tobin, PhD candidate - Uppsala University

Between 1956 and 1965 archaeologists from the Swedish Institute in Rome conducted a series of excavations at San Giovenale (Commune of Blera, VT). The main goal of the campaigns was to investigate the Etruscan city, but material from earlier as well as later periods was also recovered. The excavations were among the first to investigate Etruscan domestic architecture, a focus that left the Etruscan tombs in the area largely (although not completely) unstudied. The aim of the present project is to create the first overview of the tombs of the area by combining analyses of old excavation reports with new documentation. The project focuses on the spatial distribution of the tombs and their architecture. By studying changes in the funerary landscape over time, new light will be shed on the history of the Etruscan settlement and that of the region.

Most of the tombs in the area visible today are Etruscan chamber tombs, usually with a single chamber although tombs with up to 4 chambers exist. Prehistoric tombs (both a pozzo and a camera) as well as Etrusco-Roman loculus tombs appear in the area, making it possible to trace changes in burial practices over a very long period of time. San Giovenale is located in inland south Etruria on the border between two Etruscan major cities, Cerveteri and Tarquinia, making it an interesting place to investigate local, provincial tomb architecture and how influences from different large urban centers were implemented.

The project will conclude in 2015 in the form of a doctoral dissertation at Uppsala University.

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