Necropolis: city of the dead

The term necropolis in archaeology refers to a group of tombs from periods before Christianity (for Christian tombs the word cemetery is used).
Literally meaning “city of the dead”, in ancient civilisations necropolises were fundamental places due to the importance of worshipping the dead and beliefs in the underworld.
Even now, necropolises constitute a treasure trove of documents and information about the religion and customs of past civilisations including the Egyptians, Greeks and Etruscans.