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Bibil Identifier bibil:246937
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Vandalised and Looted, Rock-Cut Tombs of the Roman and Byzantine Periods: A Case Study from Saffa Village, Ramallah Province
Author Al-Houdalieh, Salah Hussein
Journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly (Volume: 146, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 224-240 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract A total of 119 rock-cut burial caves of the Roman and Byzantine periods were surveyed in the study area, all of which had been subjected to robbing at some point in the recent past. This tomb raiding in the Saffa region has resulted in severe damage to a large number of rock-cut tombs, the desecration of several hundred ancient burials, and in the extraction of thousands of funerary objects from their original context. This study depends mainly on interviews with several of the raiders of these tombs and on a field survey carried out by the author in February and March 2011. The main aim of this study is to address three questions: What are the present and future challenges facing the tombs of the Roman and Byzantine periods in the study area? Could an ethnographical study help us to expand our understanding of the looting history of these burial caves and the kinds of looted objects that were found there? What can such an ethnographical study add to our understanding of the past?
DOI 10.1179/0031032814Z.000000000102
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Archaeology : Themes : Burial Places
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Roman Period (37 BCEE- 324 CE.)
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