Persian Clay Figurines from MareshaProf. Amos Kloner and Adi Ehrlich
Israel Antiquities Authority
The Cave Systems
Cave system 84Cave system 84 is located on the southern slope of the lower city. In it are more than 40 rooms, including an olive press, colombaria, cisterns, and other rooms.
Cave system 75The excavated area in Cave system 75 consists of one main hall, in which four occupational levels have been found (Iron Age II; Persian, early Hellenistic, and late Hellenistic), and two colombaria. 60/92 84-15-580-s1
Cave system 147Cave system 147 is a large colombarium near Cave 75. The figurines were found in the rich fill inside the cave.
Cave system 128Cave system 128 is located near Cave 84.
Cave system 53Few cisterns were dug below the upper houses in this area. In one of the cisterns a figurine of the Persian rider type was found, no. 53-205c-753.
Area and Cave system 61Area 61 consists of four above-ground houses and many underground caves connected to them.
Areas 930, 940Areas 930 and 940 border each other. These areas are located east of Area 61, under the new road from the Tell to the Sidonian caves. These areas were excavated in preparation for the paving of the road.