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The absence of contemporary funerary evidence is equally conspicuous, a factor that complicates considerably the study of social phenomena in Salento communities. e. untraceable, rituals. Formal burials did not emerge until the late 7th/6th century BC. Initially, however, it occurred in such small numbers that we can only conclude that large segments of the local populations continued to be buried with traditional rites for a long time. The well-known series of stelae found at indigenous Salento sites lifts the tip of the veil on the nature of these traditional rites, which date as far back as the Early Iron Age.

Cf. also Greco 1981; 2001; Osanna 2001. New, intensive explorations were recently launched by the Laboratorio di Topografia Antica of the University of Lecce in a large-scale project of the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Guaitoli 2002). In 2003, the Archaeological Institute of the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam also started a series of intensive, systematic field surveys in the Taranto chora, as part of a new project focused on the Murge plateau. This ‘Murge Upland Project’ is being carried out in collaboration with the Scuola in archeologia classica e medievale of the University of Lecce and the Dipartimento di scienze storiche, archeologiche e antropologiche dell’antichità of Rome-la Sapienza.

In Lanfranchi et al. 2003, 157–67. de Selincourt, A. : Harmondsworth). M. 1992: ‘The naval power and trade of Tyre’. IEJ 42, 168–93. ——. 2000: ‘The Near East on the eve of the Achaemenian rule ( Jeremiah 25)’. In Dittmann, R. et al. ), Variatio Delectat: Iran und der Westen. Gedenkschrift für Peter Calmeyer (Münster), 223–30. Flensted-Jensen, P. 1995: ‘The Bottiaians and their polis’. H. and Raaflaub, K. ), Studies in the Ancient Greek Polis (Stuttgart), 103–32. H. 1998: ‘Pre- and early-Roman roads of Asia Minor: The Persian Royal Road’.

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