Temple Mount Sifting Project

“HEROD’S TRIANGLE,” a triangle whose base is equal to its height, was featured on several Herodian floors. This pattern appears to have been used on the floors of his Temple Mount, where the triangular tiles have a base and a height of 1 Roman foot (11.65 in). Herod’s triangles made of black bitumen have also been used to create the pinwheel pattern popular throughout the Roman period (shown here). The popular four-pointed-star pattern can be produced a variety of ways, with Herod’s triangles radiating from a central square tile.