Dating archaeological finds
Descending into history at the Siebenberg House (Photos Credit: Tzuriel Cohen-Arazi/Tazpit News Agency)In 1970, they moved into the new home and were soon to discover how wrong the inspectors had been.At the time, archaeologists from the Hebrew University were excavating all around the Jewish Quarter."I went over one day and asked the archaeologists if they had checked the area where my house was," Theo Siebenberg told the New York Times in 1985.He approached the engineers who had built his new house, asking if he and his wife could conduct an archaeological dig underneath.They told him that if an excavation upset the stability of the land, it could cause the neighborhood to slide down the hill. Engineers came up with a pricey plan to construct a restraining wall held down by steel anchors which would secure his neighbors' homes.
They hired a team of architects, engineers, archaeologists, laborers and even donkeys to bring the rubble up from down below.
It was only after eight months of digging that they found their first artifact, a bronze key ring from the era of the Second Temple which may have been used as a key to a jewelry box.