Courtesy Gideon Avni and Zvi Greenhut

Broad arched burial shelves cut into the cave wall, called arcosolia, initially held the remains of some of the dead interred at Akeldama. Three of the walls in this regal chamber, room 3-C, contain arcosolia with shallow troughs in the bottom and small headrests at the end. Below the arcosolia, panels in sunken relief are carved into the walls. Alongside the arcosolium is another sign of prosperity: The chamber’s corners are carved to resemble Doric columns.