Jerusalem, Armon Ha-Naziv

Zubair ‘Adawi, Yuval Baruch and Anna Eirikh-Rose
Final Report
In September 2011, a rock-hewn burial cave was documented at Hai Farouk Junction in the Jebel Mukkabbir neighborhood of Jerusalem (Permit No. A-6356; map ref. 222840/629170; Fig. 1), after it was partially destroyed by illicit construction work and extensive plundering. The documentation, on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was carried out by Z. ʽAdawi (surveying and photography), with the assistance of A. ʽAbassi, D. Levi (GPS surveying) and N. Zak (drafting). Inspectors with the Ministry of Religious Affairs returned the human bones to the cave, which was subsequently sealed with concrete.
The burial cave was haphazardly quarried in soft chalk bedrock. Based on what remained of the cave, it consisted of a central burial chamber (L100; width 2.65 m; Figs. 2, 3) that was apparently as long as it was wide. The southern part of a hewn standing pit (L101; width 0.8 m, depth 0.55 m) survived in the center of the chamber. Three complete loculi (L102–L104; length 1.8 m, width 0.45 m, average height 0.55 m) were preserved in the burial chamber’s southern wall. Another loculus was hewn in the southern part of the western wall (L105; length 1.8 m, width 0.5 m, height 0.55 m).
In the soil debris cleared from the cave by the antiquities robbers were several human bones, which, as stated above, were returned to the cave, as well as fragments of a few soft limestone ossuaries and pottery sherds dating to the Second Temple period. Part of a Byzantine lamp and fragments of stone slabs that probably sealed the loculi were also found.
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