Royal imports

In Herod's palace storerooms, an abundance of food and drink was stockpiled, including imported wines and delicacies from all over the world. These products shed light on Herod's cosmopolitanism and on the high standard of living at his court.

An impressive quantity of amphorae (pottery jars for transport and storage) and other imported vessels have come to light at Masada, Herodium, and Jericho. Some of these vessels bear ink inscriptions indicating the jars' contents: wine from choice vineyards in Campania, Italy; apples from Cumae, also in Italy; preserved onions; fine fish sauce from Spain; and other costly treats. Certain inscriptions even explicitly mention the owner of the goods – Herod, King of Judea.