The Siloam inscription (replica)
Iron Age II, late 8th century BCE
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1947-5433
Original on display in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum.
As part of his preparations for the Assyrian siege, King Hezekiah ordered the construction of a tunnel to carry water from the outlying Gihon Spring into Jerusalem. The tunnel, 533 meters long, was a complex feat of engineering. This inscription, carved into the tunnel wall, reflects the workers’ personal commemoration of the exciting moment when the two opposing excavation teams met.