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  • Lori-Ann Touchette

Hut Ash Urns in Terracotta

The Proto-historical section of the Baths of Diocletian has an impressive number of hut ash urns in terracotta of the proto-Etruscan/Latium periods (9th-8th centuries BC). The urns are miniature versions of the mud and wattle huts in which the Iron Age population lived. The majority of burials were in biconical ceramic urns. It is estimated that hut urns represent only one percent of cremation burials, perhaps reserved for the highest levels of society.

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