Ancient Tomb Styles

December 07, 2017

Tomb in Ireland_IMG_2941 (2)

Tomb in Israel_IMG_2678 (2)

Photographer: Jim Bucko 
Summary Author: Jim Bucko 

While visiting sites of ancient tombs in different lands over the last several months I was struck by their similarities. The top photo shows the Poulnabrone Portal tomb in the Burren in Ireland. The bottom photo, however, shows a dolmen (defined as a stone table in ancient Breton) tomb in the vicinity of Gamla, Israel. Interestingly, the time periods of construction/use are roughly the same -- approximately 4,000 - 3,200 BC. Over 700 dolmen tombs have been documented around Gamla. Most, if not all, are constructed from basalt. In the Burren area of Ireland the tombs are constructed of limestone. Note that the tomb in Israel is only about half the size of the one in Ireland. Top photo taken on September 7, 2017; bottom photo taken on June 9, 2017.

Photo Details: Top - Model: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS; Exposure Time: 0.0025s (1/400); Aperture: ƒ/3.2; ISO equivalent: 80; Focal Length: 8.3mm. Bottom: same except - Exposure Time: 0.0063s (1/160); Aperture: ƒ/10.0; ISO equivalent: 80; Focal Length: 9.7mm.