During January 2011, A. Shadman of the Israel Antiquities Authority found a fragment of a marble artifact in esh-Sheikh Reihan in Ramla, (photograph: A. Dayan).
The fragment (diam. of base 22 cm, diam. of depression 10 cm, diam. of hole in the base 4.5 cm, preserved height 8.5 cm) is the bottom part of a white marble columnette capital that was probably incorporated in secondary use as a jar stand or door socket (Figs. 1, 2). Remains of a decorative row of acanthus leaves are visible on the object.
The provenance of the object is a public building (mosque, church or synagogue). Similar objects are known from churches and synagogues dating to the Roman and Byzantine periods in Lod. The object probably originated in the city of Lod and during the Early Islamic period, it was employed in secondary use. Nonetheless, it could have originated from an Early Islamic period mosque.