The aim of this paper is to shed light on the interpretation of human remains and funerary rituals recently uncovered in the Archaic Necropolis of Motya. During the 20th century about 350 graves were brought to light by earlier explorations, showing that – apart from rare exceptions – adult cremation was the most common rite performed in archaic times (ca. 730-550 BC). This picture can be now changed in the light of the results of our recent fieldwork (seasons 2013-2017), showing that a large quantity of graves strikingly house remains of sub-adult individuals (i.e. foetuses, perinatals and children). While a few of them are cremated, the numerous inhumations recovered show clear patterns of short-life expectancy and precarious health conditions on the island, as frequently highlighted by an early age of death as well as by deficiency pathologies and their effects on human bones.

LAURIA G, S.P. (2020). CHILD INHUMATIONS ON THE ISLAND OF MOTYA. NEW EVIDENCE FROM THE ARCHAIC CEMETERY. In S. Celestino Pérez, E. Rodríguez González (a cura di), Un viaje entre el Oriente y el Occidente del Mediterráneo. A Journey between East and West in the Mediterranean (pp. 1837-1842). Merida : Instituto de Arqueología, Mérida (CSIC-Junta de Extremadura)..

CHILD INHUMATIONS ON THE ISLAND OF MOTYA. NEW EVIDENCE FROM THE ARCHAIC CEMETERY

LAURIA G
Investigation
;
SCONZO P
Investigation
;
SINEO L
Conceptualization
2020

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The aim of this paper is to shed light on the interpretation of human remains and funerary rituals recently uncovered in the Archaic Necropolis of Motya. During the 20th century about 350 graves were brought to light by earlier explorations, showing that – apart from rare exceptions – adult cremation was the most common rite performed in archaic times (ca. 730-550 BC). This picture can be now changed in the light of the results of our recent fieldwork (seasons 2013-2017), showing that a large quantity of graves strikingly house remains of sub-adult individuals (i.e. foetuses, perinatals and children). While a few of them are cremated, the numerous inhumations recovered show clear patterns of short-life expectancy and precarious health conditions on the island, as frequently highlighted by an early age of death as well as by deficiency pathologies and their effects on human bones.
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LAURIA G, S.P. (2020). CHILD INHUMATIONS ON THE ISLAND OF MOTYA. NEW EVIDENCE FROM THE ARCHAIC CEMETERY. In S. Celestino Pérez, E. Rodríguez González (a cura di), Un viaje entre el Oriente y el Occidente del Mediterráneo. A Journey between East and West in the Mediterranean (pp. 1837-1842). Merida : Instituto de Arqueología, Mérida (CSIC-Junta de Extremadura)..
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