The lion gate.

The triangular space is the "relieving triangle" - left empty of wall stones to relieve the downward pressure on the lintel - which itself weighs 20 tons.

The heads were lost a long time ago. This image reappears on at least one tomb, so it may be a symbol of the city or the royal house that ruled it.

The limestone block that forms the sculpture is 3.7m wide at the base and 0.6m thick.

A side shot of the interior of the doorway itself.

The holes are to provide support for the posts that the door would have turned on and to provide anchor points for a horizontal bar that prevented the door from opening.

gate The back side of the gate.
If we turn to our left from this last photo, we'll see the circle graves.  
Last modified 8/19/09; posted 3/23/04. Original content © 2009, 2004 John P. Nordin