Monday, January 7, 2013

To Die in Pompeii : Excavation of the Necropolis of Porta Nocera (2003-2007)

I'm posting this on behalf of William Van Andringa (Professor, University of Lille 3, France) with apologies for the slow response time due to the Christmas holidays!

To Die in Pompeii : Excavation of the Necropolis of Porta Nocera (2003-2007)

This impressive monograph (1451 pp.) is the culmination of an extensive and detailed excavation, undertaken between 2003 and 2007, in the funeral quarter of one of Pompeii's necropolis.  Our understanding of such sites was once limited to the analysis of funeral inscriptions, tomb architecture, and treatment of the dead (burial or cremation), but this research is focused on the rites and practices that accompany the separation of the living and the dead as well as the management of funeral spaces protected by the "law of burials" and the religious status given to them.  
The first volume is dedicated to the analysis of archeological contexts, a synthesis of burial space management, and the remarkable contributions of anthropology, rituals, and burial practices to such a synthesis. The second volume provides a detailed analysis of each specific type of archeological material being studied: inscriptions, statues, ceramics, amphora, textiles, oil lamps, glass, coins, metal, charcoal, pollen, insects, human and animal bones, plant remains, and objects made of metal plate and bone.
This monograph offers a completely revised vision of funeral practices in the Roman era.

You can download a flyer for the volume here and read more on this work on the project website here.