TOMB 4Tek

Tomb 4 was used for inhumation. Originally the grave was built on one line with 2 and 3.
Later on tomb 4 was enlarged with an enclosure. Besides burials in the walls of the tomb,
many burial places were built under the floor of the tomb and of the enclosure.
During the excavations two graves have been found in the enclosure,
which are from a date before the enclosure. One of the graves (4a),
covered with a barrel vault, had the following inscription:

 

D . M
EPICTESIS GORGIAE LIB
FECIT SIBI ET GORGIAE
PATRONO

 

According to the inscription the tomb was built for the female freedman
click to enlarge pictureEpictesis and her patron Gorgias, who built the tomb himself. Inside the tomb two bodies were buried, above each other. Both were covered with a roof "alla cappuccina".
The top grave contained the bones of a woman (Epictesis?).
As the grave was clearly closed after the first burial and
re-opened again later on, we may assume that the woman died later.
A set of golden earrings has been found between the bones of the woman.

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