There have been occasional suggestions to the contrary, such as Ernest Marie Laperrousaz, “King Solomon’s Wall Still Supports the Temple Mount,” BAR 13:03. We may also mention the famous tiny ivory pomegranate that was purchased at an exorbitant price on the assumption that its partially broken inscription indicated that it came from the First Temple. The true provenance of this item and the restoration of its inscription have been the subject of scholarly controversy (see “The Pomegranate Scepter Head—From the Temple of the Lord or from a Temple of Asherah?” BAR 18:03).