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The Southwest Cemetery of Roman Sparta: A preliminary account of the results of three rescue excavations

Athanasios Themos, Aphrodite Maltezou, Georgia Pantou, Giorgos Tsiangouris and Christos Phlouris
British School at Athens Studies
Vol. 16, SPARTA AND LACONIA: FROM PREHISTORY TO PRE-MODERN (2009), pp. 261-269
Published by: British School at Athens
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40960643
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

A preliminary report of the excavation conducted in parts of the Southwest Cemetery of Roman Sparta is presented in this paper. The graves of the cemetery were constructed along each side of an ancient road. So far some 700 graves of varying types have come to light, including funerary monuments constructed above ground. The study of the burial offerings has indicated that the cemetery was in use from the first century bc up until the fifth century ad. The majority of the graves belong to the second and third centuries ad. Further study of the archaeological material in collaboration with experts in other fields will lead to more precise dating of the graves and provide important information on Sparta in imperial times.

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