Burial Chamber, Rock-Cut Tombs of Qizqapan

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 23 January 2018

This is the left burial chamber at the rock-cut tombs of Ashkawt-i Qizqapan (Kurdish: The Cave of the Ravisher or the Cave of the Raped/Abducted Girl). This rectangular coffin was carved into the rocky floor, which was hollowed out. Probably the coffin was covered by a stone lid at the upper rim. The length of the coffin is short for an outstretched adult body; therefore, this type of coffin appears to be an “astodana”. The central burial chamber leads to this right-sided chamber through a square doorway. Median-Achaemenid Period, 600-330 BCE. Near Zarzi village and the Palaeolithic cave of Zarzi, Chemi Rezan Valley, Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan.



About the Author

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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