First Temple Plan

First Temple Plan, unknown artist, Wikipedia Commons.

Artist renditions are generally based on a combination three things: primary sources, secondary sources, and guesswork. The primary source should be the actual excavated site. Very limited archaeology has been done near the site of the Temple Mount and no excavations have been done at the expected site of the First Temple. Secondary sources are composed of architectural parallels, ancient depictions and descriptions, or ethno-archaeological data. For this plan drawing the sources are the biblical descriptions of the First Temple and archaeological evidence of temples built by neighboring peoples in the Iron Age. They may have used are used information from the excavations at Tayinat, Aleppo and ‘Ain Dara. The ‘Ain Dara site is a contemporary site and also has a large stone basin in front of the entrance. 
First Temple 1

Dug up, often from an archaeological site.

The stage of development during which humans used iron weapons; in the ancient Near East, approx. 1200 to 500 B.C.E.

The site in Jerusalem of the First and Second Temples, according to the Bible.

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