Courtesy Gideon Avni and Zvi Greenhut

Green-glazed amphoriskos (a small amphora). This ceramic vessel, probably used for carrying oil or wine, originated in Parthia (Iran) in the first century C.E. Nothing like it has been found in other Jewish burials of the Second Temple period. Two glass vessels, found lying beside the amphoriskos in room 1-D, also have no Jewish parallels in that period. The person buried here probably came from a family of wealthy diaspora Jews who had moved to Jerusalem, or who simply dreamed of a final resting-place in sight of the Temple.