Hershel Shanks

A tower built by Hezekiah? Archaeologist Eli Shukron stands next to an offset that protrudes about 6 feet from an eighth-century B.C. wall. Shukron and coexcavator Ronny Reich discovered the wall last year; more recently they extended their investigation and uncovered the offset. Reich and Shukron believe the offset may be part of a tower, similar in construction to a tower found nearly 30 years ago in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The newly discovered wall served as the outer part of a double wall system erected by Judah’s King Hezekiah to protect the eastern flank of the City of David.