Tiberias, Northern District, Israel
Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi
Burial caves were frequently sealed by stone doors in order to prevent bad smells and looting. In 2nd-3rd centuries CE Tiberias, basalt doors were used in mausolea and decorated with relief of panels and iron nails that imitated wooden doors.
[Text at the bottom of the marker]: Burial Customs - Sarcophagi
Burial in stone coffins (sarcophagi) was common from the second to the fifth centuries CE. The sarcophagi were composed of two parts: a rectangular box, in which the deceased was placed, and a lid. They were often decorated with carved floral, geometric and mythological motifs. The sarcophagi were placed in a built tomb (mausoleum) or in a hewn burial cave. The entrance to the cave was sealed by a stone door or a circular rolling stone. This burial custom was common among the entire population: Jews, Christians and pagans.
Erected by The municipality of Tiberias, Tourism Department.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Tiberias Archeological Park marker series.
Location. 32° 47.141′ N, 35° 32.527′ E. Marker is in Tiberias, Northern District. Marker is on HaBanim ( Click for map. This historical marker is located on the south side of the downtown Tiberias business district, affixed to an ancient wall, that is inside a small archaeological park situated directly in front (to the west) of the Leonardo Plaza Hotel.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Synagogue (a few steps from this marker); The Architecture of Tiberias (within shouting distance of this marker); Domestic Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Crusader-Ottoman Building / Millstones (within shouting distance of this marker); "Magic on the sea of galilee..." (within shouting distance of this marker); The Southern Wall (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Yardenit (approx. 8.7 kilometers away in Galilee); Church of Heptapegon (approx. 9.8 kilometers away in Galilee). Click for a list of all markers in Tiberias.
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