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Book: Exploring the Holy Land

Chapter: 4. Reconstruction of a Crusader Opus Sectile Floor in the Dome of the Rock Based on Picturesque Palestine Illustrations and Finds from the Temple Mount Sifting Project

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.34541


The late 19th-century illustrations in: Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt edited by Sir Charles W. Wilson provides information pertinent to archaeological research even today. A detailed engraving depicting the interior of the Dome of the Rock initiated an investigation by researchers from the Temple Mount Sifting Project to trace the origins of an opus sectile floor, usually hidden under carpeting, back to the Crusader Period by comparing its intricate design to a similar Crusader-era floor in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Chapter Contributors

  • Frankie Snyder ( - fsnyder) 'Independent Scholar'
  • Gabriel Barkay ( - gbarkay) 'Bar-Ilan University and Israel Archaeology Foundation'
  • Zachi Dvira ( - zdvira) 'Bar-Ilan University and Israel Archaeology Foundation '