The bones of unimportant people are buried in the grounds of sanctuaries after cremation. In the Archaic Period round barrows are built over the tombs of monarchs and aristocrats. In the Classical Period wealthy families maintain family crypts. In the Decadent Period family mausoleums and private tombs are common, thought many of the longer-established families take pride in their simple but ancient crypts. Valuables, except for now-antique ceramic urns, are rarely to be found in tombs.

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