E. M. Hamrick

Herodian ashlar displays the telltale careful dressing used by masons following King Herod’s building style. This ashlar, with its dressed side facing north, is part of a tower protruding from the Sukenik-Mayer wall.

We know that the Third Wall, built by Herod’s grandson Herod Agrippa, faced north. Since this tower ashlar faces north, it serves as evidence, according to some scholars, that the Sukenik-Mayer wall is indeed the Third Wall. Today, this ashlar is protected in a trench directly in front of the United States Consulate in East Jerusalem.