Offbeat in Corsica, discovery of an ancient necropolis where the bodies were buried in amphorates

21:25  08 april  2021
21:25  08 april  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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L'Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives a indiqué mercredi avoir découvert un nécropole dans la ville de l'Île-Rousse, en Haute-Corse. Celle-ci renferme une quarantaine de tombes datant du 3e au 6e siècle avec des corps inhumés dans des amphores africaines provenant de Tunisie. © Pascal Pochar-Casabianca / AFP The National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research said Wednesday have discovered a necropolis in the city of the island -Rouse, in Haute-Corsica. This contains some 40 tombs dating from the 3rd to the 6th century with bodies inhumed in African amphora from Tunisia.

a necropolis with 40 tombs dating from the 3rd in the 6th century and whose bodies were buried in African amphora from Tunisia , was discovered in Ile-Rousse, a city of high- Corsica , announced Wednesday the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP). "This first excavation carried out in the heart of the city, founded in the middle of the 18th century by Pasquale Paoli" gave rise to the "discovery, unexpected, about forty graves" which "renew the ancient past of the island Rousse" And comes to "confirm the occupation of the places during antiquity," welcomes the INRAP.

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research carried out since the end of February

"The historical texts" known so far did not "state only a modest village of fishermen and peasants until the 18th century" and "the archaeological indices of previous occupations until Then discovered were rare and fragmentary, "says the institute again in a statement. After a first archaeological diagnosis in the spring of 2019 which revealed "a dozen ancient burials", the archaeologists of the INRAP have been conducting research on two sectors of about 600 m2 in the heart of the city.

"Amphoras are the majority on the site" and "used as receptacles to the deceased", note the INRAP. "These amphoraes are mostly African productions, which constituted the preponderant imports in Corsica between the 4th and the 7th century of our era, in particular to contain wine, olive oil and brine from Carthage in Tunisia," says the Institute.

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New discoveries possible in the vicinity

"The burial in these large cylindrical containers is usually reserved for children" but "adults benefit" also with in this case, "two amphorated on one in the other ", Indicates the INRAP specifying that" most often these are cladding fragments that serve as a lid ". "The examples known on the island of such burials are often associated with worship buildings", as is the case on Mariana sites, south of Bastia or Sant'Amanza, between Ajaccio and Propriano.

In the case of the redhead island, "no building has been updated for the moment" and "no deposit of offerings accompanying the deceased does not appear in the searched tombs," adds the institute which does not Do not exclude new discoveries "in the immediate environment of the funeral zone". The deceased, buried "on an east-west axis with head to the west" are in a "average state of conservation", "most burials" having "undergone surface deteriorations related to the successive arrangements of the places", Note again the institute which specifies that "age at death could be determined".

The anthropological laboratory study should provide new information on this population.

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