The unprecedented development of preventive archaeology has provided the scientific community with reliable new data and generated a renewal of the analytical procedures applied to graves within the context of the study of funerary practices. However, the actual social organization of the Iron Age populations remains a topic that has scarcely ever been tackled as such. There are many reasons for this, but it appears that – and such is the purpose of the present paper- the solution to this difficulty depends, among other things, on an approach which would take into account the process of elaboration of the funerary message of the Iron Age elite, as seen in its ideological aspect.