The Ophel Excavations, 1986/Photo: Eilat Mazar

Header-and-stretcher doorposts in Building D. Behind the woman’s head and on the wall she touches, we see this common style of royal Israelite construction. To give the wall added strength, the builders laid the ashlars (rectangular, worked stones) with their long and short sides alternately parallel to the length of the wall. The highest preserved walls in this building stand at its eastern corner and rise to a height of more than 17 feet.