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Title: La necropoli di Abakainon
Subtitle: Aspetti dell'architettura funeraria nell'età tardo-classica ed ellenistici in Sicilia
Author(s): SOFIA, Girolamo
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 95    Date: 2020   
Pages: 85-110
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.95.0.3287603

Abstract :
Located east of the proposed urban settlement of the ancient Abakainon, 'contrada Cardusa', today about 1000 m away, is a funeral area surely used without interruption from the end of the 4th century to the beginning of the 2nd century B.C. The necropolis of 'contrada Cardusa', nowadays stretched on an area of about 2000 square meters, is famous in the historical-archaeological panorama of north-eastern Sicily for the particular features of organization, structure and monumentality. At present state of the research, on a total of 152 burials recorded, over 65% are diversified by systems of building solutions that, for their architectural articulation on the stand, suggest true 'funeral monuments'. All the types so far identified (A-F) share the same constructive and/or ideological principle: from the material used (sandstone blocks or slabs), to the architecture of the fundamental structure (a semi-buried base where a variously arranged and dimensioned structure rests on but in any way in 'a stepped profile'. The article closes with two paragraphs dedicated to comparisons with other necropoleis and to a comparison on the vascular figures.

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