This article appeared in the Autumn 1971 (Issue #25) edition of the Kent Archaeological Review.
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DEATH AND BURIAL IN THE ROMAN WORLD.
By Professor J M C Toynbee (Thames and Hudson, £3.15)
This is an excellent book and one that can be recommended to every student of the Roman World. It is packed with information, illustrations and references drawn from every corner of the Roman Empire. It deals with the Etruscan antecedents of burial which the Romans so quickly copied; with Roman beliefs about the after-life; cremation and inhumation., funery rites and the cult of the dead; cemeteries, tombs and gardens; gravestones and tomb furniture.
Of particular interest to Kent archaeologists is the mention of the great Roman tomb at Warbank, Keston, excavated by the West Kent Group in 1967 (KAR Number 11 (1968), page 10). The suggestion that the Keston tomb was enclosed by a small, low ring-wall is hardly in accord with the massive foundations and huge buttresses. A number of the famous Kentish walled cemeteries are discussed including those at Springhead, Langley and Sutton Valence. It will be many years before this fine book is superseded.