Victorian Illustration (engraving) - Rock Tomb Entrance - Stock Image

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An antique engraving of the entrance of a rock tomb. 19th century style illustration scanned from an 1855 Bible Dictionary. Artwork is in the public domain.

Tombs were cut into the rock, sometimes with elaborate facades and multiple burial chambers. Some are free-standing, but most are caves. Each tomb typically belonged to a single, wealthy family. Bodies were laid out on stone benches. After a generation, the bones were moved to a bone chamber or, later, into ossuaries and the benches used for new burials. Rock tombs were the province of the wealthy; ordinary Jews were buried in the ground.
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