9. Death and Burial

  1. Christopher Mee

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395440.ch9

Greek Archaeology: A Thematic Approach

Greek Archaeology: A Thematic Approach

How to Cite

Mee, C. (2011) Death and Burial, in Greek Archaeology: A Thematic Approach, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395440.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 25 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405167345

Online ISBN: 9781444395440



  • death and burial, the dead telling us a great deal - evidence from cemeteries;
  • study of skeletal remains, from cemeteries - on life expectancy, health and diet of groups buried;
  • Neolithic Greece, intramural burial within settlements - not common, for adults;
  • Early Bronze Age Greece, in Final Neolithic cemetery at Kephala on Kea - graves built of stone;
  • pottery, locally made - being Cycladic in style;
  • Lefkas in western Greece, the dead cremated - and grave goods placed on pyre;
  • Middle Bronze Age Greece - burial in simple pit or cist graves, becoming the rule;
  • Mycenaean Greece, believing - a liminal phase between life and death;
  • Early Iron Age Greece – Kerameikos, one of the main cemeteries in Athens;
  • The Archaic Period, “citizen cemetery” - modest tombs and grave goods, in seventh century, as Argos and Corinth


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Neolithic Greece

  • Early Bronze Age Greece

  • Middle Bronze Age Greece

  • Mycenaean Greece

  • Early Iron Age Greece

  • The Archaic Period

  • The Classical Period

  • Conclusions