|Frankie Snyder, on the left, displaying some of |
the 600 tiles recovered from the sifting project
during my visit in 2009.
Josephus (1st Century AD), wrote, “…the uncovered [Temple Mount courtyard] was completely paved with stones of various types and colors… (The Jewish War 5:2).
The size of each Herodian tile corresponds to the Roman foot, approximately 29.6 cm.
Similar square tiles with geometric shapes decorate the upper portion of the walls of the Sardis Synagogue.
|Demonstration of how the two pieces fit together (2009). |
Now Frankie has figured out the patterns of seven designs
of the majestic flooring that decorated the buildings of the
Temple Mount in the Herodian period (2016).
|Sardis Synagogue tiles|
|Close up of Sardis Synagogue geometric tiles.|