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There are several tomb types in the cemetery areas of Columbaris (figs. 1-2). Some going continuously from the IV to the VII century A.D., period during which the cemetery was used. Of the 157 tombs analysed there are 102 sarcophagi.


Fig. 1 - Reconstruction of the funeral area (from Cornus I.1, p. 203, Tab. IV).
Fig. 2 - Map of the Columbaris-Cornus complex with indication of stages and sectors (drawing by L. SALADINO, M. C. SOMMA, from Cornus I.1, p. 200, tab. II).


The limestone monolithic caskets have certain details that make them stand out: the tank-shaped inner part, the presence of a slightly engraved cushion (t. 114) or with a recess to hold the head (t. 38). The cover can be flat (fig. 3a) or sloping (fig. 3b), especially in those in the southern sector, referable to the V century A.D. Those sarcophagi were often used in various ways.



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Fig. 3 a-b - Sarcophagus with flat, slightly ridged cover (from Cornus I.1, p. 216, fig. 86; p. 217, fig. 87).



  • C. AMANTE SIMONI, I corredi, in C. AMANTE SIMONI, A. M. GIUNTELLA, L. PANI ERMINI, D. STIAFFINI, Ricerche di archeologia post-classica nella Sardegna centro-medievale, in Quaderni della Soprintendenza Archeologica per le Province di Cagliari e Oristano, II, 1987, pp. 83-86. 
  • Cornus I.1 = A. M. GIUNTELLA, Cornus I.1. L'area cimiteriale orientale = Mediterraneo tardoantico e medievale. Scavi e ricerche, 13. 1, Oristano 1999, pp. 89-94, 95, 200, 203, 213, 216-217, 221.