Cinerary urns

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vessels used by the ancients to preserve the ashes of the dead when burned.

See also: Cinerary

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Instead, these chests are replaced by serried rows of cinerary urns, offering a very different and renewed sense of the presence of the dead gathered around the high altar.
Excavations in the eighth to second century BC 'Precinct of Tanit' in Tunisia have yielded thousands of cinerary urns containing the cremated remains of infants, often surmounted by carved stone markers (stelae or cippi), some of which bear Phoenician inscriptions.
It is difficult to determine whether vases of this type were made as cinerary urns to hold ashes or as purely decorative objects unless their find spot is known, or they preserve a funerary inscription or a panel prepared for a painted funerary inscription.