According to The Times of Israel, floor tiles found in the Temple Mount are believed to have decorated the Second Temple in Jerusalem. In 2004 operations began to recover artifacts from the tens of thousands of tons of dirt dumped outside the Old City. The Temple Mount Sifting Project has found over 600 colored stone fragments that the organization's director believes came from the temple built by King Herod.
“This represents the first time that archaeologists have been able to successfully restore an element from the Herodian Second Temple complex,” Zachi Dvira, co-founder and director of the Temple Mount Sifting Project, said.
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