Corinth Monument: North Cemetery
Collection:   Corinth
Type:   Monument
Name:   North Cemetery
Description:   The north cemetery is actually part of a much larger funerary area which extends along the plain below the lower terrace on which Corinth stands. Excavations in 1915 to 1918 and 1928 to 1930 revealed 530 graves representing Corinthian burial practices over the course of 1,600 years. The earliest burials were a cluster of 13 Middle Bronze Age burials, including one containing a gold diadem, perhaps originally covered by a tumulus. The next in date are 49 Geometric and 65 Protocorinthian graves. The remainder are Archaic, Classical and Early Hellenistic with a few of the Roman period. Later graves respected earlier burials taking care not to disturb them.
The favored burial practice is to place the body in a crouched position lying on one side in a built cist or, later, a limestone sarcophagus. Pottery and other objects perhaps used in the burial ceremony were placed in and around the sarcophagus.
Site:   Corinth
City:   Ancient Corinth
Country:   Greece
References:   Publication: Blegen et al., Corinth 13, 1964
Publication: Shear, American Journal of Archaeology 34.4, 1930
Plans and Drawings (18)
Images (756)
Notebooks (4)