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Charon’s Bowls: Burial and Ritual in Late Medieval Cyprus
Wed, February 4, 2009 • 8:00 PM • DFA 2.204
A small reception will follow.Cyprus in the late Middle Ages was a remarkable melting pot. The small hamlet of Polis, on the northwest coast of the island, attests to the gradual intermingling of the cultures of East and West, even in remote regions. One of the primary indicators of this is an array of late medieval burials containing ceramic bowls, a tradition apparently brought from the Latin West. The custom of the 'bowl burial,' as it is known by archaeologists, is examined in the context of its derivation, rituals, and the various meanings – Orthodox, secular, and 'popular' - that surrounded it.