The Ophel Excavations, 1987/Photo: Eilat Mazar

Lime floor in the gateway passage, as seen from within Building C, when looking southeast. Large sherds from bowls lie scattered on this floor. Both the bowls and a complete oil lamp found on the same surface are typical pottery of the seventh and sixth centuries B.C. and help date the floor. Preserved over most of the length of the passageway, the floor extends beyond the threshold, which cannot be seen in this photo. The floor’s extension suggests that it was part of a gatehouse connected to the large tower found by Warren, and was not located in an independent, unconnected building.