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Theo and Miriam Siebenberg bought the house in 1970 and Theo was convinced that it was built over significant archaeological remains. But archaeologists were skeptical, so he conducted and financed the excavations himself.
The excavations carried out underneath the Siebenberg home in the course of 18 years have revealed remains of ancient dwellings, rooms cut from rock, Mikvah's (ritual baths) aqueducts, a huge cistern and burial vaults, reaching back 3,000 years to the days of King Solomon and the first temple period, as well as of the Second Temple, and Byzantine periods. It also shows rare artifacts, including pottery, glass, mosaics, coins, jars and weapons.