Pottery Ossuary from Azor

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 10 April 2016
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Chests of this sort were used to contain the bones of individuals in secondary burials. These were burials in which the body had been exposed and allowed to decay before the bones were gathered. At Azor, on the coast of Israel, a rock-cut tomb was found containing some 120 intact and fragmentary ossuaries. Many of them, such as this example, were modelled to represent houses, with gabled roofs and windows. From Azor, modern-day Israel. Chalcolithic Period, 4th Millennium BCE. (The British Museum, London)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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APA Style

Amin, O. S. M. (2016, April 10). Pottery Ossuary from Azor. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/4876/pottery-ossuary-from-azor/

Chicago Style

Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Pottery Ossuary from Azor." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 10, 2016. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/4876/pottery-ossuary-from-azor/.

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Pottery Ossuary from Azor." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 10 Apr 2016. Web. 31 Jul 2021.