Plant offerings from Roman cremations in northern Italy: a review

  title={Plant offerings from Roman cremations in northern Italy: a review},
  author={M. Rottoli and E. Castiglioni},
  journal={Vegetation History and Archaeobotany},
This paper reviews the remains of plants (cereals, pulses, fruit and vegetables) used as offerings in cremation burials in northern Italian Roman cemeteries between the 1st century b.c. and the 3rd century a.d. The custom of burning plant offerings on the funeral pyre was widespread in the Iron Age, but in the Roman Empire such offerings became more frequent and abundant, with fruit being prevalent and also the recurrent use of various prepared foods (bread, cakes and suchlike). In each… Expand
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