Hershel Shanks

Brought down by an earthquake in 363 A.D., many of the decorated architectural elements from the Kedesh temple have been left undisturbed despite the efforts of scavengers, who have made off with most of the site’s more easily reusable stones. The decorative motifs executed on these pieces reflect the Hellenistic influences typical of other second- and third-century A.D. Syro-Phoenician sites, most notably the temples at Baalbek.