Top plan for Tomb L-15.


In situ photograph of a lamp, cooking pot and small jar situated in the central chamber of the tomb.


In situ photograph of a glass flask (the type often called tear vials) in the central chamber of the tomb.


In situ photograph of a volute style lamp (often called Herodian) in the central chamber of the tomb.


In situ photograph of a volute style lamp (often called Herodian) in the central chamber of the tomb.


In situ photograph of a sea shell and 3 iron rings in the central chamber of the tomb.


In situ photograph of loculus 2 (center of the south wall). The loculus contained a very gracile female, aged 25 to 35 years old at death. Placed with her was a small ribbed pottery jar with a dropped juglet inside, a pottery jar, a bowl with a broken rim, a two handled jar, a piriform unguentarium, a miniature single handle ribbed juglet, and a fragment of a terracotta altar. Metal artifacts included four bronze coffin bosses (with wood still attached), and a bronze bell. Other tomb offerings included 3 spindle whorls, 3 glass beads, and an iron finger ring with an oval stone engraved with the image of two grazing cows.


Obverse (frontside) of a coffin boss from Loculus 2. The odd discoloration on the crown of the boss is the unfortunate result of the field conservation of the artifact and is not something intentionally created by the Roman artisan.

Obverse (frontside) of coffin boss from Loculus 2. The odd discoloration on the crown of the boss is the unfortunate result of the field conservation of the artifact and is not something intentionally created by the Roman artisan. One of the iron nails is in situ, but the other is missing.

Obverse (frontside) of coffin boss from Loculus 2. The odd discoloration on the crown of the boss is an unfortunate result of the field conservation of the artifact and is not something intentionally created by the Roman artisan.

Reverse (backside) of coffin boss from Loculus 2 with wood still fused to the metal.

An oval stone engraved with the image of two grazing cows.

The large-size loculus (no. 3) contained the skeletal remains of a woman aged 25 to 35, a 7 to 8 year old child, and at least one infant. They were interred with large and small bronze medallions, a bronze needle, a bronze fibula, bell, knot style earring, a coin (sorry not identified in the tentative report), a ring, and a glass bead jacketed in copper.

The normal-size loculus (no. 4) contained the burial of a gracile adult female aged 17 to 20. Her grave offerings included a pottery juglet, a bronze bracelet, a needle, a iron ring and pin, and a coin (sorry not identified in the tentative report). Her head was at the back of the loculus and her right hand was across her pubic area while her left hand held a glass unguentarium.


Gold earring from Tomb L-15.


Assemblage of offerings from Tomb L-15.


Roman drinking cup/chalice from the tomb offerings of L-15. Who said the Grail had to be metal or glass, eh?.


Roman cooking pot, chalice, and other grave offerings from tomb L-15.


Roman cookpot with horizontal ribs (Fuller 1987: Figure 70) from locus 15006.


Early Roman style amphoriksos (Fuller 1987: Figure 66) from locus 15009.

Juglet discovered in 1986 in locus L-15009.

Amphoriskos (Fuller 1987:Figure 67) Locus 15010, reg. no. 2031.

Amphoriskos (Fuller 1987:Figure 68) Locus 15010, reg. no. 2027.

Volute, Herodian lamp (Fuller 1987:Figure 111) locus 15006, reg. no. 2021.

Late Hellenistic lamp (Fuller 1987: Figure 115) from locus 15006.


Late Hellenistic oil lamp (Fuller 1987: Figure 114) from locus 15006.

Marine shell left as a grave offering inside of Tomb L-15.

Mold blown glass hexagonal bottle from locus 15006.


Spherical Juglet (Fuller 1987:69b) from locus 15009 in Tomb L-15, reg. no. 2040, 1984 field season.


Late Hellenistic - Early Roman burials in situ in Tomb L-15.


Late Hellenistic - Early Roman burials in situ in Tomb L-15, wood fragments.


Removing the soil over the sealing stones of tomb L-15.


Sealing stones of tomb L-15. The gaps can be explained as the result of wooden spacers that decayed and were replaced by soil.

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