Tomb of the Grape Clusters (Cave of the Eshkolot)

Jerusalem, Israel

1st-2nd century CE

A burial cave of a wealthy Jewish family from the time of the Second Temple. In front of the cave is a gable with vine clusters. Next to the gable are rosettes surrounded by a leaf garnet. Above the entrance is a spectacular decoration of plant elements, alongside the opening and in the four corners of the first room are carved columns with a flower-capped capital in the center of a floral decoration. In the most inner room are arch graves and a ceiling decorated like a sunken circle with a rosette in its center.


Twin Mausolea

Imbriogon (Demircili), Turkey

2-3rd centuries CE

Midway between Uzuncaburç and Silifke, the village of Demircili retains some Roman mausolea of the IInd or IIIrd century CE. They were built outside the town of Imbriogon, the scanty ruins of which are barely visible in the fields to the west of the road.
The mausolea were built on commanding locations and therefore have always been very visible, yet unlike the town, they are almost intact as if they were protected by a sort of awe.

The overall design of the mausolea with columns and a standard entablature still produces the effect of small temples.

The small size of the door in one mausoleum and the remaining part of a relief showing a couple in the other one indicate the actual purpose of the two buildings.


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Hypogeum of the Volumnus family

Ponte San Giovanni, Perugia, Italy

3rd century BCE

The Hypogeum was the Roman-Etruscan tomb of Arnth Veltimna Aules. It is part of the larger Palazzone necropolis, a burial ground dating to the 6th-5th century BC, with numerous subterranean tombs. A museum building displays funerary urns and other artifacts found in the excavations of the area. More urns are displayed in the separate building covering the Volumnus tomb. The Volumnus tomb itself is accessed by a staircase which leads several metres under the surface to the portal leading inside to a vestibule. This in turn opens into four small side chambers and three larger central ones, the middle of which housed the remains of the family’s main members. Only this chamber now displays burial urns and artifacts. Arnth’s urn is made of travertine, and is surmounted by a representation of the deceased lying on a triclinium.