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The Roman-era necropolis in Lora, Split

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  • Split
  • Lora
  • Rimskodobna Nekropola
  • Split
  • Lora
  • Roman-Era Necropolis


The largest Roman-era necropolises in Split were ascertained in the city’s north-west, at the Lora and Poljud sections. Nenad Cambj described the features of the necropolis in Lora, discovered in 1965, with mainly incineration burials in urns, and two walled graves for inhumation, with non-systematic interments, which is indicated by the lack of grave plots, sepulchral architecture, gravestones and inscriptions. Only the inscription of Gaius Orchivius Amemptus is built into the southern wall of the monastery church in Poljud, near Lora, is held as a possible indicator of sepulchral architecture at the grave plots in Lora and Poljud. Nenad Cambj dated the necropolis in Lora to the latter half of the first century to the third century AD, based on the aforementioned find context. Mladen Nikolanci dated the group find of urns and grave goods of the devastated ossuary in Poljud in 1953 to the end of the first and early second centuries AD. All gathered and preserved materials which is known for certain to come from the Split necropolis in Lora are analyzed in this work. The graves are numbered as in the Inventory of Finds from the research conducted in 1965 and evaluated with due consideration for the relevant goods and find circumstances, and all goods are catalogued. They bear witness to organized Roman life on the Split peninsula from the latter half of the first to the third centuries, and possibly also the fourth century AD.

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