Monday, January 26, 2009

The Tomb

This tomb was hollowed out 3500 years ago by a Canaanite family and was one of three off the main chamber. Burstmode ask about what they left there with the dead. 

The body was lowered down the 45 foot long shaft and laid out in the middle of tomb. If a previous set of bones was in the middle they were pushed aside to make a place for the new resident. The family then had a last meal with the dearly departed. The pottery dishes were left there. 

We found thousands of carbonized olive pits in the tombs so we know that olives were part of the meal. Some of the bodies had personal items like a scarab seal, necklace, rings, or tools. Most of the artifacts we found were pottery plates small jugs and wine amphora. More to come on this subject.


  1. You know I remember when I had Anthropology Intro we did a dig on a piece of paper without leaving the classrooom and it was amazingly fun and pottery was huge key to the origin of our dig :)
    Happy Monday!

  2. Well, I think if I were to request a last meal, olives and wine would be in it!

  3. Thats interesting. Is this tomb similar to the one that was used for Jesus? My Bible professors have shown us pictures of a possible site for Jesus' tomb.