Microstories of Romanization
The Inscriptions of the Rural Burial Ground of Cerrione
The book focuses on the edition of 60 inscriptions (of which 6 in the so-called Lepontian alphabet and 54 in the Latin alphabet) found in the rural burial ground of Cerrione (province of Biella, Italy), which has yielded more than 200 indirect and direct incineration burial deposits belonging to people who lived in an area adjoining the Bessa gold-mining district, in the countryside of the colony of Eporedia. The study of the epigraphic texts, which archaeological contextualisation allows us to date from the beginning of the 1st century BC to the 3rd century AD, The analysis of the epigraphic repertoire, connected to the historical-archaeological data, also aims to examine, through onomastic study, the themes of legal status, social positioning, kinship networks and ethnic recognition of the owners of burials, and finally to probe, through palaeographic analysis, the practices of learning and exercising written knowledge. The aim is not only to obtain a, albeit partial, anagraphic definition of the inhabitants of the foothill settlement who made use of the small cemetery, but also to contribute to illuminating, through their micro-histories, the dynamics of the processes of contact, hybridisation and transition between two cultural systems, the indigenous Celtic and the exogenous Roman, whose encounter connotes the evolution of Romanisation in the area.