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date: 21 August 2019

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Children are often underrepresented in ancient Greek cemeteries in terms of retrievable burials, and their visibility in major formal city cemeteries can vary considerably with time and space. However, given that child mortality—especially perinatal death—must always have been high, there remain questions regarding the nature and location of the disposal of deceased children in periods and places where it is clear they did not receive formal burial alongside adults in city cemeteries. This chapter seeks to gather and analyse in a more systematic manner the evidence for child burials outside city cemeteries and to put forward some suggestions regarding the disposal of children where their burials continue to elude us; it also examines more specifically the locations of retrieved child burials and highlights the considerable variations in acceptable destinations for deceased children in the ancient Greek world.

Keywords: Ancient Greece, funerary space, cemetery, children, Astypalaia, Athens, foetus, neonate, Sicily

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