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The Case of the Missing Concrete: How a 2,000-Year-Old Burial Cave Was Found

Roman era burial complex found in Tiberias (Photo: IAA/ASHERNET)

A new family plot discovered in Tiberias – one of Judaism’s four holy cities – surprises contractors working in the area. There is only one other known burial cave in this region reports The Times of Israel:

Tiberias Municipality contractors were baffled, as all the concrete they poured into the 20-meter (65 feet) deep foundation holes they had drilled before building a new neighborhood disappeared.

Suddenly, as a mechanical digger exposed a cave entrance, they found their missing concrete — and a unique 2,000-year-old burial cave.

The three-room cave includes a decorated entry way and two burial chambers. The entry, slightly damaged by the digger, still shows remains of painted walls, with glimpses of red, yellow, and white still visible to the naked eye, said Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yair Amitsur.

According to Amitsur, “The burial cave is a fascinating discovery since it is an almost unique find in this area.”

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