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by Archaeology Newsroom

Necropolises: A Historical Evolution

As a matter of fact there has never been only one treatment of mortality throughout history, since the social, cultural, customary, religious and perceptive way of life, as well as the economic and geographical data of each people, led to a diversified attitude towards death rituals and the choice and planning of burial. Therefore, through a short touring in time and place, a first recording of the evolution of the relation between man and death is attempted, as it is expressed and imprinted in the field of their ultimate co-existence. The anthropologist Clifford Geertz has proved that death practices have always been in direct relation with social life, since death and its ritual do not only reflect social values, but also function as an important power of their formation.