Marie-José ANCEL - AHR-23 - Pratiques et espaces funéraires :la crémation dans les campagnes romaines de la Gaule Belgique, 2012, 650 p., 218 fig., 120 pl., 81 tabl. (ISBN: 978-2-35518-021-7)
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This study is based on three rural funerary sites of the Mediomatric, Leucic, and Atrebatic territories, respectively Mécluves (Moselle), Contrexéville (Vosges), and Loison-sous-Lens (Pas-de-Calais). The archaeological and anthropological analysis of the funerary structures and the bones allows for a highly specific view of funerary practices which, when seen in the context of data from many other sites, gives a broad perspective on death in Gallia Belgica.
A data-base has been formulated to catalogue and characterize the burial sites in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Lorraine regions. On the basis of this documentation, the first part of the study deals with the funerary spaces in their landscapes – especially in relation to dwelling places and other structures (paths and tracks, land-divisions). A second aspect is the organization of the funerary spaces themselves: their material elements, their extent, and the arrangement of the tombs and ancillary structures. The tombs themselves are treated in a detailed way in order to differentiate among the cremation areas, secondary graves, and adjacent structures pertaining to the funerary rites that accompanied the dead. Finally, bone-analysis are seen in light of archaeological data (especially the funerary furniture and paraphernalia) gives a broad view of the management of the cremation and funerary spaces in these regions.