This is the remains of an Israelite house that was burnt and partially destroyed when the Babylonians captured Jerusalem in 586 B.C.—the only direct evidence of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem. In the lower right can be seen a monolithic pillar that probably supported the roof of a porch. The stairway led to the second floor of the house. Compare the beautiful condition of the remains—taken at the time the site was excavated—with the picture below.