In the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem’s Old City, there’s a problem: a sewer pipe has burst. And as the issue naturally needs to be sorted out as quickly as possible, workers ultimately come in to mend the faulty line. But the laborers are not alone. This ancient district is so steeped in history, you see, that a team of archaeologists decide to come along for the ride. Then, as they dig, the workers uncover a flight of steps. And it’s just as well that the archeologists are present, as the stunning find is hugely significant. In fact, it may just prove the truth of a story contained in the Bible.
Reportedly, the pipe that revealed the ancient stairway was set under a potato field in the Silwan district. But the importance of the discovery belies its humble location. And, in fact, the unearthing of these hidden steps has led to further – and highly compelling archeological – discoveries.