Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

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Vennarucci, Rhodora

Committee Member/Reader

Kowalski, Jessica

Committee Member/Second Reader

Levine, Daniel

Committee Member/Third Reader

Phillips, Jared


The excavation of Ancient Aigai, modern Vergina in Greece, has unearthed a wealth of archaeological treasures, including Macedonian tombs attributed to Philip II and Alexander the Great. However, the manufactured significance imposed on these excavations has shaped the contemporary understanding of Archaic burial practices in Aigai. This paper aims to understand how the constructed narratives surrounding these excavations influence current ideas on burial customs in Aigai during the Archaic period. By analyzing the layout of the city and its necropolis, scholarship can gain valuable insights into the social structure of Archaic Macedonia. This can help to develop a more complete understanding of the cultural landscape of the region. However, interpreting archaeological evidence can be challenging, particularly when it comes to identifying the individuals buried within the Archaic necropolis. Through this study, I aim to uncover the significance of Aigai in the wider context of ancient Macedonian burial practices, social structures, and cultural dynamics.


Macedonia, Ancient Greece, Greek Archaeology, Archaic Period, Burial Practices, Ancient Aigai