Funerary topography of the Picenians using the example of a burial group from Matelica (working title)
Matelica is located in the Italian province of Macerata in the Marche region. Since the 1990s, the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Marche has repeatedly come across Picenian graves and settlement traces dated to between the 9th and 6th centuries BC during urban planning measures. The dissertation intends to present about 80 selected graves, which came to light during emergency excavations between 2005 and 2010. Based on the analysis of the finds and features, the chronological sequences of the necropolis will be investigated in order to gain insights into the sequence of necropolis occupation - from children's graves, to burial circles, to "princely graves".
Thus, on the one hand, the work wants to contribute to the chronology of the Picenian find material by detailed research of the grave goods and, on the other hand, to work out the topography of the necropolis of Matelica. Furthermore - with the help of the few, published Picenian find material - it will be attempted to draw conclusions about the social structure and the position of the find site in the Picenian cultural landscape.