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Beit She’arim

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: Jeffrey Becker Copyright © The Contributors. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Dec 23, 2020 10:56 AM History
Beit She'arim National Park is the site of a large number of ancient rock-cut Jewish tombs, dating to the second century AD. The necropolis was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015.

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catacomb, cemetery, necropolis


The proposal for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List describes the site's key features, including its "vast necropolis, carved out of soft limestone" that "contains more than 30 burial cave systems." The inscribed and painted evidence is also of key importance: "Its catacombs, mausoleums, and sarcophagi are adorned with elaborate symbols and figures as well as an impressive quantity of incised and painted inscriptions in Hebrew, Aramaic, Palmyrene, and Greek, documenting two centuries of historical and cultural achievement."

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Jeffrey Becker, 'Beit She’arim: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2020 <> [accessed: 11 December 2023]

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