This part of the website
will inform you about the kind of burials and about
the architecture of the funeral
buildings in the necropolis of Isola Sacra.
Looking at the map
of the necropoplis the first thing you notice is the lack of building
organization. Because this was the
necropolis of Portus you may expect the earliest tombs near
the canal to be extended southwards in the course of time. But
the oldest tombs are situated halfway
and even on the side of Ostia (tomb 97).
Besides that only small groups of
tombs are aligned. Many have been built where it
probably suited the owner.
According to the law it was not
permitted to clear a grave but enlarging and modifying
by the owners was customary.