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The majority of the graves were oriented west-east, and many of them had headstones with crosses, clearly indicating they were Christian.
Most burials were simple grave cuts, with stone slabs laid over the body. Some burials were more clearly indicated at the surface by stone cobbles or rectangular structures that appear to have been plastered.
Although they have no formal grave goods, many burials have been destroyed by looters; others have been excavated by archaeologists to avoid the loss of evidence by such looting. The analysis of the human bones has revealed most information about the living conditions at the time, and the effects of hard work and pollution on the mining population.
(Information from the Faynan Museum)
© Photo: Haupt & Binder
Informative photo tour: Ancient mines, Nabataean reservoir, Roman mill, Christian cemetery, Byzantine churches, and more.