This chapter emphasizes how the position, underground, walls, and gates of the alleged
temple mount match descriptions of Fort Antonia, but not the temple. For example, there is no
gate of Herodian date which enters onto the alleged temple mount’s plaza–no counterpart to the
eastern gate described by Josephus. In addition, archaeologists have dated the masonry on the
east wall to five different periods. A Herodian date is not favored, except for the extensions.
The Hasmonean dating corresponds with the east wall being that of the Baris, described in the
sources as north of the temple.
The Temple Mount Salvage Operation has resulted in many findings showing it was not
abandoned after the destruction, as formerly thought. Parts of the north wall and the
northwestern corner were unfinished, while Josephus says the temple was completed. The gates
on the western wall do not all match the descriptions of Josephus.