© Erich Lessing

WRITTEN IN STONE. The Siloam Inscription records the dramatic breaththrough moment when teams digging from both ends of the tunnel finally met in the middle “pick against pick.” The inscription was discovered in 1880 by boys swimming near the southern end of the tunnel. It does not appear to have been intended as a public record, and the partial text does not include the name of Hezekiah (or any other king), so its exact date is not firm.