A rock-cut tomb or kokh is a burial chamber that is cut into an existing, naturally-occurring rock formation, usually along the side of a hill. It was a common form of burial for the wealthy in ancient times in several parts of the world.
Rock-cut tombs in Myra.
Qasr al Farid, tomb in Archeological site Mada'in Saleh, Al-`Ula, Saudi Arabia
A kokh (plural: kokhim, Hebrew: כּוּךְ) is a type of tomb complex characterized by a series of long narrow shafts, in which the deceased were placed for burial, radiating from a central chamber. These tomb complexes were generally carved into a rock face, and were usually closed with a stone slab and had channels cut into the centre of the shaft to drain any water that seeped through the rock.
A kokhim complex survives at the far west end of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The Church wall runs through the centre of the complex, and the remaining two thirds no longer exist [sic!]. Many more kokhim can be found throughout the Judean foothills.
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- Hadjisavvas, Sophocles (2012). The Phoenician Period Necropolis of Kition, Volume I. Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications. p. 1.