Combined Caesarea Expeditions/Aaron Levin

Passing the bucket. Volunteers Sari Rose (bottom) of Wake Forest College and Alice Herring (top) from Oklahoma clear buckets of dirt from the foundations of King Herod’s Temple to Roma (Rome) and Augustus, discovered last summer at Caesarea Maritima. Constructed of large sandstone blocks fitted tightly and mortared, the temple platform is a massive 99 feet wide by 177 feet long. “[The] temple [of Caesarea Maritima],” wrote the first-century A.D. historian Josephus, “was seen a great way off by those that were sailing for that haven, and had in it two statues, the one of Rome, the other of Caesar [Augustus]” (Antiquities 15.9.6).