See Michael Avi-Yonah, Pictorial Guide to the Model of Ancient Jerusalem at the Time of the Second Temple in the Grounds of the Holyland Hotel, Jerusalem Israel, rev. ed. Yoram Tsafrir (Herzlia, Israel: Palphot, 1993); Michael Avi-Yonah, “The Facade of Herod’s Temple: An Attempted Reconstruction,” in J. Neusner, ed., Religions in Antiquity: Essays in Memory of Erwin Ramsdell Goodenough (Leiden: Brill, 1968), pp. 326–335; David Amit, Model of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period (Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 2009). On the historiographic context of this model: A.J. Wharton, Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), pp. 220–223; Maya Balakirsky Katz, “Avi-Yonah’s Model of Second Temple Jerusalem and the Development of Israeli Visual Culture,” in Steven Fine, ed., The Temple from Moses to the Messiah (Boston: Brill, 2011), pp. 349–364; Yoram Tsafrir, “Designing the Model of Jerusalem at the Holyland Hotel: Hans Zvi Kroch, Michael Avi-Yonah and an Unpublished Guidebook,” Cathedra 140 (2011), pp. 47–86, Hebrew. Unfortunately, Avi-Yonah did not write a full narrative describing his process.
For a summary statement, see Hillel Geva and Nahman Avigad, “Jerusalem: Second Temple Period,” in E. Stern, ed., New Encycyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, vol. 2 (Jerusalem: Carta, 1993, 2008), pp. 717–757 and the various reports in vol. 5, pp. 1,806–1,826. More recently, see Ehud Netzer, The Architecture of Herod, the Great Builder (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006); Silvia Rozenberg and David Mevorah, Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 2013); Orit Peleg-Barkat, The Herodian Architectural Decoration in Light of the Finds from the Temple Mount Excavations, Ph.D. Dissertation (Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007), Hebrew.
Dan Levene and Beno Rothenberg, A Metallurgical Gemara: Metals in the Jewish Sources (London: University College, 2007), p. 70.