Palmyra Tombs

The citizens of ancient Palmyra (Tadmor) buried their dead in both Tower Tombs and underground tombs (hypogeum).





Tower tombs of Palmyra from the roof of the Elahbel Tower Tomb.



Tower tomb of Elahbel.




Sign for the Tower Tomb of Elahbel.



Defaced portraits on the ceiling of the Tower Tomb of Elahbel.



Karnak bus parked in the area of the tomb fields at Palmyra, 1984.



Neathery Fuller goes down the steps of the underground tomb of the Three Brothers.



Long inscription in Palmyrene script carved over the entrance of the tomb of the Three Brothers.



Wall painting of a woman on the wall of the Tomb of the Three Brothers.



Wall painting of of a man on the wall of the Tomb of the Three Brothers.



Wall painting of a mother and child from the wall of the Tomb of the Three Brothers.



Wall painting from the tomb of the Three Brothers. Several women hold shields in the company of a soldier.



Wall painting of a veiled (?) woman from the Tomb of the Three Brothers.



Wall painting of a Corinthian capital and grape vine from the Tomb of the Three Brothers.



Detail of the Corinthian capital painting from the Tomb of the Three Brothers.



Detail of the grape vine painting from the Tomb of the Three Brothers.



Ceiling painting of Zeus and Ganymede from the Tomb of the Three Brothers.



Scuptures from the Tomb of the Three Brothers.



Small tomb discovered at Palmyra, 1986.



Relief portrait in the Glencairn Museum dated to the second half of the second century AD. It was puchased in 1927 from a Syrian Antiquities dealer. The inscription translates as "Woe, Bel Yada' (Bel's begotten), Son of Nessa, Hashash".



Relief portrait in the Glencairn Museum dated to the first half of the third century AD. It was puchased in 1927 from a Syrian Antiquities dealer. The inscription translates as "Yarhai, son of Nessa Yarhai."



Relief portrait in the Glencairn Museum dated to the first half of the third century AD. It was puchased in 1927 from a Syrian Antiquities dealer. The inscription translates as "Woe, Hanina, son of Hanina, may he ascend!"



Relief portrait of a man from the small tomb discovered at Palmyra, 1986.



Neathery Fuller in the Tadmor Museum, 1986.



Husband and wife relief in the Tadmor Museum, 1986. Michael Fuller on teh right side.



Husband and wife relief portrait from Palmyra in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Relief portrais of a husband and wife from Palmyra in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Closeup of the husband and wife portrait in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Closeup of the hands of the husband and wife in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Relief portrait of a man in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Relief portrait of a man in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Relief portrait of a man in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Relief portrait of a man in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Relief portrait of a man in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Relief portrait of a woman in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Relief portrait of a woman in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.



Relief portrait of a woman in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.



Relief portrait of a man from a sarcophagus in the Palmyra Museum, Tadmor - Syria.



Relief portrait of a man in the Princeton University Art Museum. The inscription has been translated as "Yedi'bel, son of Mezabbana (son of) Baroqa. Alas!"



Webpage constructed by
Professor Michael Fuller, 16 October 2007
Revised 21 May 2015