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The Archaeology of Byzantine AnatoliaFrom the End of Late Antiquity until the Coming of the Turks$
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Philipp Niewohner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190610463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610463.001.0001

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Funerary Archaeology

Funerary Archaeology

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(p.160) Chapter Twelve Funerary Archaeology
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The Archaeology of Byzantine Anatolia
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Eric A. Ivison

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190610463.003.0013

This chapter offers an introduction to the study of the funerary archaeology of Byzantine Anatolia from ca. AD 400 to 1100. After introducing the sources and taking account of the history of research, theoretical approaches and dating criteria are considered. This is followed by a chronological overview drawing upon key sites and publications that seeks to trace major developments in cemetery and tomb typologies, as well as the social and religious dimensions of tomb locations, burial styles, and objects. The chapter concludes with some general observations on the development of burial practices between the sixth and eleventh centuries and argues that funerary archaeology is an essential source for the study of Byzantine Anatolia.

Keywords:   Epigraphy, Monasticism, Demography, Urbanism, Small finds

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