Travels In Syria And The Holy Land By John Lewis Burckhardt


























































 -  Beginning on
the west side of the village, I counted sixteen coffins and seven caves;
the coffins are all excavated - Page 170
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Beginning On The West Side Of The Village, I Counted Sixteen Coffins And Seven Caves; The Coffins Are All Excavated

In the rock; the largest are nine feet long, and three feet and a half in breadth; the smaller seven

Feet long, and three feet broad; their depth is generally about five feet. In the greater part of them there is on one side a curved recess, cut in the rock, about four feet in length, and two feet in breadth. All these coffins had originally stone lids of a single block of stone, exactly covering the aperture of the coffin. Only a small proportion of these now remain entire, but there are some quite uninjured. I saw only two or three in which a sculptured frieze or cornice was carried along the whole length of the cover; the generality have only a few ornaments on the two ends; they are all of the annexed shape.

The apertures of the coffins are invariably even with the surface of the ground, and the lids only are seen from without, as if lying upon the surface.

[p.127]The sepulchral caves vary in their sizes and construction; the entrance is generally through a low door, sometimes ornamented by short pilasters, into a vaulted room cut in the rock, the size of which varies from six to fifteen feet in length, and from four to ten feet in breadth; the height of the vault is about six feet; but sometimes the cave terminates in a flat roof.

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