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Jerusalem Temple Floor Restored With Sacred Tiles

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Restored tile fragments. (Temple Mount Sifting Project)

By Karl Nelson   |   Wednesday, 07 Sep 2016 11:03 AM

A Jerusalem temple floor of tile fragments from the Temple Mount – called “the most sacred site in Judaism” – has been restored for the first time by archaeologists.

The reassembled pieces of tiles were found at the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, said the BBC News.

The tiles are said to be from the period of the Second Temple, during the time of King Herod, a “Roman king, who ruled the area in the first century BCE and expanded the site of the second Temple,” said SpreadIt. The temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD in the midst of a Jewish rebellion.

According to BBC, archaeologists have been examining debris from the temple floor since 2004 and they’ve now made headlines after finding one of the tile designs that once decorated the temple, tiles that were found on what’s considered “the most sacred site in Judaism.”

The Temple Mount Sifting Project was established by Israeli archaeologists in 2004 and has brought thousands of volunteers from across the world to search through “tons of antiquities-rich earth from the Temple Mount,” SpreadIt noted. The project has also led to finding “hundreds of ancient relics, including coins, animal bones and pieces of pottery,” BBC noted.

“Temple Mount is one of the most important religious sites in the world. It has been venerated as a holy site for thousands of years by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The present site is dominated by three monumental structures from the early Umayyad period: the al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock and the Dome of the Chain, as well as four minarets…,” said SpreadIt.

Frankie Snyder, a member of the project’s team, described the restored flooring as “opus sectile,” which is Latin for “cut work,” and “considered to be far more prestigious than mosaic tile floors.”

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