Archaeologists restore ancient tiles from Second Temple in Jerusalem
According to Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira, co-founders and co-directors of the Temple Mount Sifting Project, the reconstruction is unprecedented.
“This represents the first time that archeologists have been able to successfully restore an element from the Herodian Second Temple complex,” said Dvira at an unveiling of the tiles at the project’s headquarters in Emek Tzurim National Park, located on the western slopes of Mount Scopus.
The regally designed ancient tiles likely featured prominently in the courtyards of the holy Temple during King Herod’s reign between 37 to 4 BCE, added Barkay.
“It enables us to get an idea of the Temple’s incredible splendor,” he said.
The Temple Mount Sifting Project, supported by the City of David Foundation and the Israel Archaeology Foundation, was established
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