Hershel Shanks

Archaeologist Ronny Reich has been uncovering the finely paved Herodian street along the western side of the Temple Mount. The well-preserved condition of the street indicates that it was built shortly before the Roman destruction—probably in the mid-60s, or about 30 years after Jesus. Shops under an archway once stood on both sides of the wide street; though the fallen stones crushed the shops along the wall side, some shops across the street are still intact.