When the Netivei Israel Company wanted to build a new road from Motza to Jerusalem, its managers no doubt assumed that it would be a simple enough process. The area where the road was planned wasn’t thought to contain any significant historical sites, for one thing. But then a survey of the land revealed something remarkable just inches below the surface.
The discovery, just three miles outside of Jerusalem, was completely unexpected and has the potential to radically change what we know about ancient Israel. As the dig continued and the sheer scale of the site became apparent, the astonishment grew. Nothing like this had ever been found before here, so experts knew there was much to be studied and explored.