from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Excavated in solid rock, as many cave-tombs in Egypt, Asia Minor, and India. See cave-tomb and rock-temple.


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  • This series of paintings takes as its title a scrawl of graffiti on a rock-cut along the Trans Canada Highway near Sudbury.


  • Hatshepsut, a woman of royal blood, ruled as pharaoh during this period, as did Tutankhamun and the long-lived Rameses the Great, famous for the colossal rock-cut statues he built at Abu Simbel as well as his war against the Hittites of Asia Minor.

    Alexander the Great

  • Whatever you've seen or heard about Petra, nothing really prepares you for the immense size of the city -- around four square miles, mostly not excavated yet -- and the 800 structures there, from rock-cut tombs to churches, temples and baths to a 3,000-seat amphitheater.

    Bob Schulman: Jordan Brims With Holy, Historical Sites

  • An 'ossuary' is a stone box in which bones previously laid out in rock-cut tombs, such as those in the Gospels, were placed after they were retrieved by relatives or followers.

    Robert Eisenman: The James Ossuary: Is It Authentic? (An Update)

  • Perhaps even more than for these rock-cut structures, Ajanta is admired for its paintings, probably the finest extant series of ancient paintings anywhere in the world.

    Buddha of the Material World

  • These rock-cut temples at Ellora and Ajanta are marvels of construction that immerse us in India's most enduring contributions to global civilization.

    Buddha of the Material World

  • Built into the face of the brown earthen wall, not unlike the famous rock-cut buildings at Petra in Jordan, was a beautiful arched stone doorway.


  • The first-century tombs found beneath it suggest the site was more like a "graveyard" of rock-cut tombs than an isolated individual one.

    Review of Doubting Jesus' Resurrection

  • Komarnitsky provides a cogent case for the possibility that Jesus may have been buried in a trench grave rather than a rock-cut tomb, mentioning in this context a reference in the Secret Book of James to Jesus having been buried "in the sand."

    Review of Doubting Jesus' Resurrection

  • The possibility that Jesus was not buried in a rock-cut tomb faces the hurdle that the narrative accounts in the Gospels connect the belief that Jesus was "raised on the third day" to the discovery of the empty tomb.

    Review of Doubting Jesus' Resurrection


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