The wall paintings were examined and identified by Dr. Sylvia Rozenberg of the Israel Museum. They were dated to the Hasmonean-Herodian period in the first century B.C.E., prior to the year 15 B.C.E., based on their style. Similar paintings were exposed in Jericho, Jerusalem and elsewhere. See Sylvia Rozenberg, Enchanted Landscapes: Wall Paintings from the Roman Era (Ramat Gan: R. Sirkis, 1993), pp. 147–152.