Door Detail, Rock-Cut Tombs of Qizqapan

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 23 January 2018

The doorway and entrance to the rock-cut tombs of Ashkawt-i Qizqapan (Kurdish: The Cave of the Ravisher or the Cave of the Raped/Abducted Girl) lead to a central burial chamber. The latter, through a similar square doorway (left), leads to another burial chamber and coffin. The small rectangular hole within the wall of the right burial chamber appears to be part of the doorway opening/closure system. 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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