In 1862 the slabs containing the remains were acquired by the British Museum, and towards the end of that year Sir R.
The mouths of the tombs were walled up and covered with slabs, and occasionally cippi (Phoen.
They are small slabs of hard stone, just large enough for the chalice and paten.
On this occasion a stone altar, consisting of a flat slab resting upon three other upright slabs, was presented to the parish, and was set up in the church at the east wall of the chancel.
The mound of Nebi-Yunus is crowned by the " Tomb of Jonah," a sacred shrine to the modern inhabitants, and could not be explored; but by sinking a shaft within the walls of a private house, some sculptured slabs were recovered, and the Turkish government later opened out part of a palace of Esarhaddon.