Storehouses of Masada

This photograph shows the remains of the 15 storehouses on the eastern side of Masada. The one on the left is as it was found by archaeologists; the others have been reconstructed. In the background above the storehouses, you can see the Dead Sea, which is partly dried up at this spot due to extensive mining of the minerals in the water. The mountains of Moab can be seen beyond.

The plastered wall in the foreground is part of Herod's Western Palace. Originally, the floors as well as the walls of the storerooms were plastered. Oil, wine, flour, and other provisions were stored in separate rooms in special jars. The rooms themselves were more than 60 feet long and 12 feet wide.