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. Touch 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); Church of Heptapegon (approx. 9.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tiberias.
Also see . . . Tiberias. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on May 16, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
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