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The Necropoleis of Epicnemidian Locris and Dipotamos Valley

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The study of necropoleis provides us with information on life expectancy, living standards, cultural affinities, social organisation and burial customs that can be discussed and lead to interesting conclusions. Cemeteries should be treated as a mirror of life when abundant funerary material is available, and even when data are limited, as in the case of the necropoleis of the area studied. The limited number of archaeological excavations within the region of Epicnemidian Locris and the Dipotamos valley, as well as the high proportion of clandestine digs, forces us to base our efforts to outline the Epicnemidian necropoleis on surface finds and controversial evidence from plundered, and thus unsafely dated, tombs. The rich Late Helladic cemeteries of the inner Dipotamos valley at Agnanti and Zeli have been systematically excavated and safely dated. This chapter presents a list of cemetery sites of Epicnemidian Locris and Dipotamos Valley.

Keywords: Dipotamos Valley; Epicnemidian Locris; Helladic cemeteries; Necropoleis; tombs



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