The volume focuses on the funerary finds of some large Villanovan centers in southern Etruria, dated to the final part of the First Iron Age (IX-VIII century). The main area of investigation is the formal characteristics of the funeral practices of some proto-urban communities (large communities of thousands of individuals, governed by a certain form of political centralism). The first question addressed in the text concerns certain aspects of the cremation ritual, with its specific symbolic code capable of deeply involving the whole community. The second issue is instead the reconstruction of the ideological and political aspects of local communities, starting from the characteristics of burial understood as the codification of consolidated symbolic acts. The large amount of data analyzed relating to the funerary context (not all in excellent condition but still sufficient for a serious and thorough analysis) comes from Tarquinia, San Giuliano, Vulci and Bisenzio.
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