Golvfliser frå tempelplassen

Restar av farga golvfliser frå tempelplassen i Jerusalem er nå sett saman til fascinerande eksempel på koss eit flislagt golv i eller ved tempelet på Jesu tid, kan ha sett ut.

Herodes sitt tempel og tempelplassen i Jerusalem var eit av dei største praktbygg i Romarriket. Staden er også sentral i Det nye testamentet. Eg syns at alt som kan kasta lys over koss det såg ut der, er av stor interesse.

Dei farga flisene med geometriske mønster blei presenterte på ein konferanse i forrige veke. Her er eit utdrag frå pressemeldinga som blei sendt ut i forkant av konferansen:

For the First Time, Archeologists Restore Flooring from Second Temple Courtyard in Jerusalem

Tiles uncovered during sifting of earth originating on Temple Mount (…)

To date, approximately 600 colored stone floor tile segments have been uncovered, with more than 100 of them definitively dated to the Herodian Second Temple period. This style of flooring is consistent with those found in Herod’s palaces at Masada, Herodian, and Jericho among others, as well as in majestic palaces and villas in Italy, also attributed to the time of Herod. The tile segments, mostly imported from Asia Minor, Greece, Tunisia and Egypt, were created from polished multicolored stones cut in a variety of geometric shapes. A key characteristic of the Herodian tiles is their size, which corresponds to the Roman foot, approximately 29.6 cm.

Nå skriv Dr. Leen Ritmeyer ei vurdering og viser interessante bilde på bloggen sin:

Flooring from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem


The question that remains unanswered is, where on the Temple Mount were such floors laid? The description of Josephus in War 5.193 was quoted: “The open court was from end to end variegated with paving of all manner of stones.” Does this refer to these opus sectile floors?


All the known opus sectile floors were laid indoors and not outdoors. These delicately constructed floors would not have survived long outside in the sometimes harsh Mediterranean climate. We suggest therefore that they came from the interior of some of the many buildings that surrounded the Temple and/or from under the colonnades around the smaller courts.



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