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Title: The South Necropolis of Samothrace
Subtitle: Topos Hieros or an Ordinary Cemetery?
Author(s): ILIEVA, Petya
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 19 Date: 2020
The South Necropolis of Samothrace, situated in immediate proximity to the renowned Sanctuary of the Great Gods, offers a number of peculiarities in regard to its location, grave-goods and a sudden change of burial customs in the 4th century BC. The grave-goods from the Archaic period suggest that the cemetery was a focal point for luxurious items rather than the nearby Sanctuary. The presence of graves with post-mortem mutilation adds another unusual feature. These aspects of the Archaic graves reflect the co-existence between native Thracians and Ionian settlers which led to the emergence of the colonial ‘Samothracian’ Greek identity.