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Research project

Etruscan rituals and symbols

This subproject studies the material traces of rituals and symbols.

Bouke van der Meer

This project attempts to inventory and evaluate material traces of rituals and symbols, based on recent excavations, surveys and artefact studies. So-called rites of passage (birth, adoption, maturity, wedding, death), further burial-, altar-, banquet- and/or symposium-, initiation, magical and/or fertility rites, and phenomena such as orientation, delimitation, inauguratio, exauguratio and other forms of ritual destruction are dealt with. Symbols like bullae, special dress and other attributes will be analysed in a systematic way. A monograph ( Etrusco ritu) has been published in 2011.

Relation with other projects: Etruscan civilisation

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