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Title: On the Origin and Concept of the Loculi Tombs of Hellenistic Palestine
Author(s): TAL, Oren
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 2    Issue: 2   Date: 2003   
Pages: 288-307
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.2.2.3291954

Abstract :
A comparison between Persian and Hellenistic period tombs in Palestine revealed that pit, cist and shaft tombs and burial caves were commonly used in both periods, whereas loculi tombs were introduced into the Palestinian milieu during the Hellenistic period. Burial in jars, cairns (tumuli) and built structures was far less common in both periods. The origin of the loculi tombs of Hellenistic Palestine has not commonly been dealt with in archaeological research. This study seeks to examine previous conventions and suggest a local (Phoenician), internal development for the use and concept of the Palestinian loculi tombs.

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