Richard Nowitz

A model home. Although only the wall stubs of the buildings in Maresha’s lower city remain, archaeologists have been able to reconstruct one of the stone houses that graced the Hellenistic town (see drawing). Remains of stairways indicate the home had an upper story. A grooved pilaster (see photograph) found among fallen rubble may have been part of a facade overlooking the courtyard. A hole in the ground of a second corridor connected to the courtyard led into an extensive cave complex with several water cisterns.