Women in Francavilla Marittima (Cs) Between Indigenous World and the Greek City
Keywords:Francavilla Marittima, Medium bronze age, Female burial set, Demeter cults
AbstractFrancavilla marittima is a protohistorical site; its ancient traces dates from the medium Bronze Age. The article examines two female graves in the Temparella Cairn, collecting 93 graves from VIII to VI cent. B.C.. Grave n. 8 preserved a rich female set (i.e. a loom weight; a ceramic pix; a portable kotyle), made of imported and ‘masculine’ objects, here intended for a female use. Grave n. 26 is characterised by a great number of vases, turned upside- down to cover the body of a woman. This particular burial modality recalls the religious cerimonies of Demeter in Gela; it probably alludes not to a social role (a women seller of vases? An ‘object’ between objects?) but to the specific role of the dead inside a female cult.