© Dr. Eilat Mazar

TOMB TYPOLOGY. The cemeteries surrounding the Phoenician site of Tel Achziv were in continuous use from the tenth to the sixth century B.C.E. The tenth century saw an evolution from tombs that were built of well-cut ashlars to entirely rock-cut tombs. The earlier ashlar type featured a hole in the roof that allowed living relatives to pour liquids down into the tombs to “feed” the deceased.