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Image of an Athenian Cemetery.
Image of an Athenian Cemetery.

Death, burial and commemoration in Athens

From antiquity to the Late 19th century

Project Lead(s): Sheila Dillon


This research project is a multi-faceted, diachronic study of the commemoration of the dead in Athens, which explores the shifting locations of burial, the findspots of sculpted tombstones, and the changing ways in which graves were marked from antiquity to the late 19th century CE. The visualization of change over time through mapping and 3D modeling and the construction of an interactive database are major aims of this project. The first phase will focus on the Kerameikos, the principle burial ground of ancient Athens, and the First Cemetery of Athens, established in the early years of the modern Greek state.

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