Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1145 – Columbarium Coins


During our Book & The Spade tour earlier this year we packed a bunch of dig-site visits into our last day, including a visit to the excavation area at Ramat Rachel. One of the features of the excavation area was the entrance to an underground columbarium (dovecote). There was no digging going on at the time, but when the excavations resumed later in the year, there was an exciting discovery at the columbarium, some first century coins.

This was one of 3-4 columbaria that we visited on this tour. Why were they so common in Biblical times? Doves were a good source of food, for one thing. But they were also used for sacrifices in the temple.

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