Little evidence remains for the funeral ceremonies conducted in and around Roman London. Cremation, the fashion for the first 200 years, was superseded by inhumation, burial of the body.
From literary evidence Roman funerary rites for the wealthy could be divided in various stages: the deceased was laid out at home; the corpse was publicly carried in a procession to the cemetery where mourners gave funerary ovations.
There were a wide variety of ways of burying the body which must have been chosen by the wealth and status of the deceased. There is evidence for food and clothing and other grave goods both inside the coffins which were presumably for the deceased on their journey to the underworld while items placed outside the coffins were placed there by the mourners. However, only 25% of the burials in the eastern cemetery, for example, had grave goods with the body, making it difficult to be certain as to the accepted rites.