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Hellenistic-era grave discovered in Chieti, Italy


A rich Hellenistic burial, dating from the 4th-3rd centuries BC, has been discovered in Chieti as part of the preventive archaeology excavations for the municipality's project to redevelop Piazza San Giustino.


Hellenistic-era grave discovered in Chieti, Italy
Credit: Soprintentenza Archaeologia Belle Arti

The Soprintendenza Archeologica Belle Arti e Paesaggio di Chieti e Pescara (Archaeological Superintendence for Fine Arts and Landscape of Chieti and Pescara) announced the news on Facebook, describing the burial as unusual for its almost quadrangular shape, defined at the perimeter by sandstone slabs and blocks, a funerary structure that is twice as large as normal burials, and appears so far unique in its content: A woman, rather small in proportion but strong in frame, is accompanied on her afterlife journey by a rich set of bronze and ceramic vessels, the latter imported; her clothing and body were decorated with fibulae, bronze elements, glazed vases and amulets.


Hellenistic-era grave discovered in Chieti, Italy
Credit: Soprintentenza Archaeologia Belle Arti




Hellenistic-era grave discovered in Chieti, Italy
Credit: Soprintentenza Archaeologia Belle Arti

The Soprintendenza states that the single supine burial occupies the southern side of the pit and faces west, while in the northern half, to the right of the burial, the objects of the rich furnishings were arranged and deposited. 


Hellenistic-era grave discovered in Chieti, Italy
Credit: Soprintentenza Archaeologia Belle Arti

Once the excavation is complete, the study of the materials, the anthropological analyses and those carried out on the contents of the various vases, the investigations on the entire tomb context and on the post-depositional processes of alteration of the initial state, as well as the topographical investigations, should help clarify the structure of the necropolis that occupied this part of the hill.


Source: ANSA [January 04, 2022]


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