- The Necropolises
- Distribution of the necropolises
Each of the five necropolises located on the outskirts of the village of Acy-Romance, from the east to the north-east, is composed of between one and four groups of tombs. Of the eight groups of tombs known, seven are surrounded by a rectangular ditch. The topographical position of these necropolises is not random. Most of the sites selected, overlooking the Aisne valley, provided an opportunity for an ostentatious demonstration of the community's presence and power, principally by means of the very large buildings surmounting the main tombs. It is also clear that each necropolis was most easily visible from one specific sector of the village.
Each social category established a necropolis for its dead, siting it where it could see it every day. There was a close relationship between the world of the dead and that of the living. The most powerful members of the village community wanted to exhibit their social position to the rest even after death. It is for this reason that the largest funerary structures were those of the livestock farmers. Cremation was the norm.