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Au tournant des IIIe et IIe siècles av. J.-C. : une tombe singulière à Ensérune (Nissan-Lez-Ensérune, Hérault).

Abstract : Discovered by chance at the western end of the oppidum, this secondary cremation deposit, dated between the third and second century BC, is the most recent funeral testimony disclosed on the site of Ensérune. It thus offers a new milestone for the knowledge of the evolution of funerary practices during the second Iron Age. The tomb in a pit is covered by a hillock of stones. It contains a bronze situla used as ossuary vase, a sword, two iron knives and an umbo, associated with a set of ceramic vessels including a black-glazed vessel service from Rosas as well as a large deposit of fauna. The documentation review shows that the tomb 1001 is in line with funerary practices in use since the fifth century BC in the necropolis of Ensérune. It does however show many differences, including the particular location of the burial (outside the known limitations of the oppidum), the choice of the ossuary vase, the dispersion of a part of the burnt remnants, the layout of a part of the furniture on a wooden tray, the original deposit method of faunal remains, the composition of furniture and the breakage of the vases. Some of these features can be compared to those discovered in some graves in Nîmes from the second and first century BC.
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Valérie Bel, Nathalie Chardenon, Armelle Gardeisen, Georges Marchand, Martine Schwaller. Au tournant des IIIe et IIe siècles av. J.-C. : une tombe singulière à Ensérune (Nissan-Lez-Ensérune, Hérault).. Documents d'archéologie méridionale, ADAM éditions, 2016, pp.193-224. ⟨halshs-01987744⟩



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