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Israeli archaeologists unearth ancient sarcophagi with mystic symbols protecting the soul

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The sarcophagi are ornately decorated with garlands and discs – a symbol of high status in life.

But the discs, in particular, are even more intriguing because they may have served a mystic function after death.

The IAA said: “The sarcophagi are ornamented with symbolic discs to protect and accompany the soul on its journey to the afterlife, and flower garlands often used to decorate sarcophagi in both the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

“Between the garlands are oval blanks, which the archaeologists believe were originally intended to be filled with a customary grape-cluster motif, but for some unknown reason, the work remained unfinished.”



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