Thanks for the clarification Assif.
But while we are on the subject of Tentative Lists and Solomon's (First) Temple, this is a good segue to one of my favourite archaeological sites, the Hittite Temple of Ain Dara
in Syria. This unassuming site, about ten minutes drive from the Church of Saint Simeon Stylites
, dates from 1300BC and demonstrates (from my amateurish perspective) a high level of workmanship and degree of preservation, matched by very few sites of that period. I can't believe its not on Syria's Tentative list.
What is fascinating is the similarity of the layout of Ain Dara to the description of Solomon's Temple, which it appears to pre-date. From the Biblical narrative its also interesting to note that the Israelites intermarried with the Hittites (rather than drove them out as instructed) such that generations later, King David is disgraced by the honourableness of Uriah the Hittite, after his indiscretion with Uriah's wife Bathsheba (Solomon's mother), whilst Uriah is fighting a military campaign for Israel! We could make lots of conjecture here!