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H 290 x W 205 mm

500 pages

318 figures (colour throughout)

Published May 2024

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803275499

Digital: 9781803275505

DOI 10.32028/9781803275499

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Classical archaeology; Libya; North Africa; Cyrene; Cyrenaica; Excavations; Necropolis; Tombs

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The Southern Necropolis of Cyrene

By Luca Cherstich


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This book analyzes ancient tombs in Eastern Libya, from the Archaic phase to Late Roman times. Despite plundering, these ornate structures reveal funerary competition, spatial organization, and lost rituals. The book reconstructs the social history of ancient Cyreneans through their ostentatious funerary culture.




Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Approaches to Mortuary Archaeology in Cyrene

Chapter 3: Field Strategies and Techniques

Chapter 4: Types of tombs and their dates

Chapter 5: Archaic – Early Classical times

Chapter 6: Late Classical - Hellenistic times

Chapter 7: From Early Roman to Middle Imperial times

Chapter 8: Late Antiquity

Chapter 9: Conclusions, wider perspectives

Appendix: A gazetteer of the Southern Necropolis


About the Author

Luca Cherstich is a professional field archaeologist. He holds a doctorate in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford, and has been a member of the archaeological mission of the University of Chieti‑Pescara in Libya since 1999. He has taken part in numerous archaeological surveys and excavations in Libya, Italy, and Cyprus, gaining experience in both academic and commercial archaeology. He is currently a temporary lecturer in the Archaeology of the Greek Colonies and Pre‑Roman Italy at the University of Chieti.