Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel — The Middle East
Tombs from the First Temple Period
— Menachem Begin Heritage Center —
Seven burial caves from the late First Temple period were found at the site. The caves, which were hewn into the cliff above which the Scottish Church of St. Andrew was built, were found partially destroyed by later quarrying. All the caves were hewn in hard limestone and were meticulously designed.
The architecture of tombs from this period is known from many sites in Judea, especially in Jerusalem. Their plan was based either on the royal Egyptian cubit, which is 52.5 centimeters long, or the short Egyptian cubit, 45 centimeters long. These caves were intended for family burials over a number of generations.
All but two of the caves consisted of a single chamber measuring approximately 3 x 3 meters. High burial benches on which the deceased were laid were cut into the walls. Raised headrests were carved into some of the benches to serve as repositories for bones that had been collected in order to make room for the newly deceased.
Archaeological excavations revealed that the caves continued in use even after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BCE.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jerusalem, Jerusalem District 94110-14, Israel. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Priestly Blessing (within shouting distance of this marker); Ketef Hinnom (within shouting distance of this marker); Cave 24 (within shouting distance of this marker); Mishkenot Sheananim (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Jaffa Gate (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); The Pool of Shiloah (Siloam) (approx. one kilometer away); The Water System (approx. 1.1 kilometers away); The Large Stone Structure (approx. 1.1 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerusalem.
Regarding Tombs from the First Temple Period. It should be noted that the artifacts recovered at this site (in Cave 24), in particular the silver scroll amulets with the priestly blessing, were considered as being so significant that they were put on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. These scrolls
Also see . . .
1. Ketef Hinnom. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 31, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. The Ketef Hinnom Archaeological Site in Jerusalem. This is a link to a link to a You Tube posting provided by AllAboutJerusalem. (Submitted on October 31, 2019, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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