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THE ROMAN CEMETERY AT MAZARAKIA

The cemetery near the modern village of Mazarakia represents the only known case of a large and organized Roman cemetery in Thesprotia. Overall about 200 graves of various categories have been excavated: tile graves, pits and stone built graves as well as burial monuments dating from the late 1st century BC to the beginning of the 3rd century AD.

In the cemetery all kinds of funerary practices have been used, i.e. cremation, inhumation and burial in vessels, with cremation cases significantly outnumbering the other practices. Tombstones, small columns and stele were placed for the marking of graves. The dead were accompanied to their final resting place with several objects, many of which are exhibited today in the Archaeological Museum of Igoumenitsa, such as table and drinking vessels, oil lamps, clay and glass perfume bottles, jewelry, objects related to their occupations and bronze coins.

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