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False Door Detail
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View of the details of the west wall of the interior of the Tomb of Annas, the High Priest (AD 5–16).

This is the "false door" that is carved into the stone wall above the main burial niche in the tomb.  Please notice the carvings in the rock representing doorposts, a lintel, a gabled (triangular shaped) roof.  Even the acroteria are somewhat visible along with the carved molding on the wall where it meets the ceiling.

At the very top of the image note a small portion of the finely carved rosette pattern!!

For a complete discussion of this tomb plus a possible reconstruction see Ritmeyer, Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer. “Akeldama: Potter's Field or High Priest's Tomb?" Biblical Archaeology Review 20 (1994): 23-35, 76, 78.