Courtesy Amihai Mazar

PHILISTINE PILLARS. The use of cedar in royal structures was not limited to the Phoenicians and Israelites. Excavations of a Philistine temple at Tell Qasile revealed two cedar logs from the 11th-century phase of the structure—one in the vestibule and the other in the main hall. The evidence suggests that two round column bases in the temple held cedar pillars that supported the roof.