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Amit Reem


M.A. thesis topic: The Graves in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Akeldama Charnel House, as a Case Study for Tombs and Burial Customs in the Crusader Kingdom

Advisors: Prof. Bianca Kochnel and Dr. Adrian Boas


This work analyzes the tombs of the Latin Kings in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, as well as other effigies and graves known from historical sources and archeological finds in the church. In addition, this work provides an historical and archeological survey of the Crusader charnel house at Akeldama, south of Jerusalem, where the poor and pilgrims were buried. These two burial types serve as a case study for tomb and burial customs in the Crusader kingdom, emphasizing the archaeological, liturgical, theological and social aspects.


  • Conducting major excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority at the Citadel/ Kishle
  • Excavations in the Old City of Ramle
  • Excavations in the Old City of Jaffa
  • Excavations in the church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • Excavation near the western wall in the Old City of Jerusalem

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