New Publication: Tombs, Burials, and Commemoration in Corinth’s Northern Cemetery (Corinth XXI)

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Tombs, Burials, and Commemoration in Corinth's Northern Cemetery (Corinth XXI) by Kathleen Warner Slane.

Rescue excavations were carried out along the terrace north of Ancient Corinth by Henry Robinson, the director of the Corinth Excavations, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens on behalf of the Greek Archaeological Service, in 1961 and 1962. They revealed 70 tile graves, limestone sarcophagi, and cremation burials (the last are rare in Corinth before the Julian colony), and seven chamber tombs (also rare before the Roman period). The burials ranged in date from the 5th century B.C. to the 6th century A.D., and about 240 skeletons were preserved for study. This volume publishes the results of these excavations and examines the evidence for changing burial practices in the Greek city, Roman colony, and Christian town. Documented are single graves and deposits, the Robinson “Painted Tomb,” two more hypogea, and four built chamber tombs. Ethne Barnes describes the human skeletal remains, and David Reese discusses the animal bones found in the North Terrace tombs. The author further explores the architecture of the chamber tombs as well as cemeteries, burial practices, and funeral customs in ancient Corinth. One appendix addresses a Roman chamber tomb at nearby Hexamilia, excavated in 1937; the second, by David Jordan, the lead tablets from a chamber tomb and its well. Concordances, grave index numbers, Corinth inventory numbers, and indexes follow. This study will be of interest to classicists, historians of several periods, and scholars studying early Christianity.

Chapter 1: Introduction and Summary of Results
Chapter 2: Single Graves and Deposits
Chapter 3: The Painted Tomb
Chapter 4: The Tombs by the Tile Works
Chapter 5: Other Chamber Tombs to the East
Chapter 6: The Human Skeletal Remains
Chapter 7: The Animal Remains
Chapter 8: The Architecture of the Chamber Tombs
Chapter 9: The Movable Objects
Chapter 10: Cemeteries, Burial Practices, and Funeral Customs
Appendix 1: The 1937 Roman Chamber Tomb at Hexamilia and Its Finds
Appendix 2: The Lead Tablets from the Chamber Tomb with Sarcophagi and Its Well

Corinth XXI
416pp, 12 b/w figs, 20 plans, 91 b/w and 2 col pls, 15 tables
Cloth, 9" x 12"
ISBN: 978-0-87661-022-0

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