After sifting through debris from an excavation site in Israel, archaeologists discovered fragments of stone that they pieced together to revive marble tiling that once decorated the Second Temple.
Sections of floor tiling from the Second Temple courtyard have been restored by archaeologists, using fragments found in debris removed from the Temple Mount.
The team believes the regally decorated tiles adorned porticos (roofed colonnades) atop the Temple Mount during the reign of Roman vassal King Herod in Jerusalem, from 37 to 4 BCE, the Temple Mount Sifting Project said in a blog post on Tuesday…
Among the many finds are some 600 colored floor tile pieces, of which about 100 have been dated with near-certainty to the Second Temple period.
The tiles found seemed consistent with the style of the Second Temple period, and with relics found in other Herodian monuments including his palaces at Masada and Jericho, palaces found in Italy dated to the same period.