Caesarea Maps & Plans: Triclinium

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Ehud Netzer directed the first systematic excavations on the promontory in 1976 with L. I.Levine and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The team documented the rock cuttings on the promontory and began digging the one preserved side of the building: the east range of rooms. The results suggested a luxuriously-appointed building of some 110 x 55m. The east range comprised large central hall, or triclinium (93.5m2), with two small flanking rooms to each side. The triclinium and one room on each side were adorned with well-crafted geometric mosaics (below left) and traces of wall plaster imitating marble revetment. An entrance stair was located at the northeast corner. The earliest pottery from the site, recovered in a sounding near the entrance stairway, dates to the late 1st c. B.C..-early 1st c. A.D., but the context of this material was unclear and further clarification was needed.
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View of the triclinium's floor mosaic, looking west onto the pool.



View of floor mosaics of the triclinium and an adjacent room, looking southwest onto the pool.


A decorative mosaic uncovered on the triclinium floor