After 2,000 years, archaeologists restore Temple Mount tile patterns
Researches say they used geometric principles and similarities found in tile design used by King Herod at other sites to reconstruct the pattern.
Archaeologists in Jerusalem say that they have reconstructed part of the ancient stone floor of one of the holiest sites in the world, the ancient temple that Jews call Har HaBayit (Temple Mount), and Muslims call Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary).
It’s first time that archaeologists have been able to successfully reconstruct elements of the site, known as King Herod’s Second Temple, which was constructed about 2,000 years ago. The temple was destroyed by the Romans during a Jewish rebellion in 70 AD.
“We have succeeded in recreating the actual tile patterns. This represents the first time that we can see with our own eyes the splendor of the flooring that decorated the Second Temple and its annexes 2,000 years ago,” said Gabriel Barkay, co-founder and director of the Temple Mount Sifting Project in a press release.
The Temple Mount Sifting Project was founded in 2004 in order to help rescue antiquities from the earth on the site of the Temple Mount. The recovery of ancient segments of stone flooring through the project allowed researchers begin reconstructing the floor. Archaeologists involved in the project also used design patterns
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