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Tiberias, Northern District, Israel
 

Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi

 
 
Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
1. Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker
Inscription. [Text at the top of the marker]: Doors of Burial Caves

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 (
Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
2. Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker
View of the historical marker affixed to an ancient wall.
National Route 90) just from HaGalil, on the right when traveling north. 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 in Galilee); Church of Heptapegon (approx. 9.8 kilometers away in Galilee). 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.) 
 
Categories. Anthropology
 
Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
3. Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker
View of the archaeological park's courtyard where the historical marker is located. The historical marker is seen (barely) affixed to the left wall, midway between the ancient building and the column in the left foreground of the picture.
Burial Customs - Sarcophagi image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
4. Burial Customs - Sarcophagi
View of a sarcophagi, situated in the vaulted chamber of the ancient building, that is located at the southern end of the archaeological park courtyard, where the historical marker is located.
Burial Customs - Sarcophagi image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
5. Burial Customs - Sarcophagi
View of a second sarcophagi, situated in the same vaulted chamber of the ancient building, that is located at the southern end of the archaeological park courtyard, where the historical marker is located.
Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
6. Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker
View of the historical marker situated just to the left of a pair of doors of burial caves.
Doors of Burial Caves image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
7. Doors of Burial Caves
View of a pair of burial cave doors, located in the archaeological park courtyard.
Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 6, 2013
8. Doors of Burial Caves / Burial Customs - Sarcophagi Marker
View, looking northeast, of the historical marker, affixed to an ancient wall in the Tiberias Archaeological Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 490 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 15, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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