Residential burials

WHS containing examples of "Residential burials" Residential Burial is a cultural practice by which burial takes place at or under a family residence as opposed to in e.g caves or other separate specifically identified locations such as cemeteries, hypogea, shrines etc. In order for a site to qualify, the practice should be widely adopted within the culture and not merely be present in the form of tombs within the Palaces of rulers. There should also be archaeological evidence/agreement of the continued use of the building as an active "residence" after any burials rather than as a "shrine" or other "ritual" structure.

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Arslantepe Mound Common mud brick houses of rather small dimensions, made of one to three rooms, have been excavated. Proof has been found of burials underneath the floors or close to the houses with simple and poorly differentiated grave goods. (Nomination Text, p. 11-12)
Ban Chiang "This site has often been called "the cemetery site", but research has suggested that the deceased were buried next to or beneath dwellings. This practice is called residential burial" (Wiki)
Choirokoitia "The houses belonged to the living, as well as to the dead who were buried in pits beneath the rammed earthen floors" (UNESCO).
Çatalhöyük "As a part of ritual life, the people of Çatalhöyük buried their dead within the village. Human remains have been found in pits beneath the floors and, especially, beneath hearths, the platforms within the main rooms, and under beds" (Wiki)


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