Temple Mount Sifting Project

GEOMETRIC BEAUTY. Roman tiles found by the Temple Mount Sifting Project have patterns that are consistent with popular opus sectile patterns found throughout the Roman world in the first century B.C.E.–first century C.E. These patterns include two blocks comprising four squares arranged in a diamond design in each block (shown here) and an eight-pointed-star pattern in which eight triangles radiate from a central octagon.