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Envisioning The Sanctuaries Of Israel — The Academic And Creative Process Of Archaeological Model Making

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In this chapter, the author's involvement with model making began with an invitation by the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem to make a model of the gateway of Gezer. There is a vast difference between making reconstruction drawings and designing models. The Eastern Wall is 1530 ft. long and has three different types of masonry namely Herodian, Hasmonean and Iron Age. The stretch of masonry from the southeast corner up to the so-called "straight joint" or seam is 106 ft. long and consists of Herodian masonry. The Hasmonean extension, from seam to bend, appears therefore to be 134 ft. long. Iron Age masonry type of masonry has been found near the southwest corner of the Herodian Temple Mount below the Herodian street level and was never intended to be seen above ground. To conclude, model making is a rigorous academic and creative process that would benefit most archaeological sites.

Keywords: Archaeological model making; Eastern wall; hasmonean extension; herodian expansion; Herodian masonry



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