David Harris

Elegant stoneware. A stone table with a central leg in the form of a column, storage jars large and small, cups, bowls, and mortars and pestles (far left and upper right) are displayed in the Burnt House where they were found. Note the spear still leaning in the corner at top center (the human remains have been buried in accordance with Jewish law). The large number of stone objects both here and at the Herodian Quarter points to the wealth of the inhabitants in this part of Jerusalem. Stoneware was more costly than pottery, but it had the advantage of not being susceptible to ritual uncleanness.