Recent inspection by the Israel Antiquities Authority has shed light on several issues related to the history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem:important data has been gathered regarding the character of the rock at the summit of the hill; knowledge of the drainage systems and the cisterns that have served the Temple Mount has been augmented; in several places ancient structures buried beneath layers of soil have been recorded; and several previously concealed architectural elements probably associated with the Second Temple period have been detected.
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4. The arch stone in Solomon’s Stables is convex in section, like Robinson’s Arch. However, its incorporation into the wall resembles the support for Wilson’s Arch (as opposed to Robinson’s Arch, which is supported by a series of protruding stones—a console). To summarize this topic, we suggest, with caution, that the stone arch is part of the subterranean Herodian structure that supports the paved street that led to the Temple.14
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- al-Aqsa Mosque
- Dome of the Rock
- Iron Age
- Temple Mount
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- Cultural Studies