IN ZEDEKIAH’S CAVE
SPECIAL NOTE: Wyatt Archaeological Research is
sponsoring the excavation in Zedekiah's Cave under the full scientific
directorship of Yehiel Zelinger of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
IAA is not party to the claims made by Ron Wyatt concerning the Ark.
As the work in Zedekiah's Cave is incomplete,
this article is not intended, nor should it in any way be considered to
be a conclusion, or an interpretation of the data collected.
It is simply an overview of the work that has been done to this point.
Around 1450 BC a consuming fire descended upon Mt.
Sinai. The Creator Himself came down and made a covenant with the
Children of Israel. With His own finger, He wrote His covenant, The Ten
Commandments, and instructed that it be placed in a golden receptacle
known as the Ark of the Covenant, a container for the covenant and the
very throne upon which His presence was to dwell.
In the presence of the Almighty, the chosen people of
Israel became invincible "a kingdom of priests and a holy
Some 800 years later, Israel had fallen away from it’s
obligation to that Covenant; and, due to idolatrous abominations, the
combining of pagan worship with that described in the first four
commandments, the presence of God left the mercy seat, and with it the
protection of Israel. In the year 586 B.C. the Babylonians took the city
of Jerusalem, but not the Ark of the Covenant, for it had mysteriously
vanished, seemingly without a trace. The Biblical accounts in 2 Kings
chapter 25, and Ezra chapter 1, reveal that the Ark of the Covenant was
not included in the spoils of Babylon.
In the late nineteenth century, while exploring the
quarries of King Solomon under the city of Jerusalem, a French scholar,
Charles Clermont-Ganneau , spotted a carving etched into the stone. Upon
careful examination he discovered the body of a Lion, the wings of a
bird, and the head of a man. The representation he found fit the
description of a Biblical Cherub, not uncommon to find at the entrance
of royal passageways.
Before his death in 1999, Biblical Archaeologist Ron
Wyatt described an underground passageway that he determined to be that
used by Jeremiah the prophet in transporting the Ark of the Covenant to
a place of safety during the Babylonian siege. Ron found that the
cherub, seen by Ganneau in King Solomon’s quarries, marked its
It is important to consider the fact that the
information which Ron related was not a theory, but rather an eyewitness
account. He believed that one day his account would be verified. As the
official source of information relating to the discoveries of Ron Wyatt,
Wyatt Archaeological Research - www.wyattmuseum.com - continues it’s
leadership role in the Biblically prescribed principal of verification.
Pursuant to that principal, the beginning phase of excavation was
recently completed to locate and document the passageway of Jeremiah; a
passageway which could play an integral part in events prior to the
final revelation of the Creators Covenant with His people.
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In February 2003 Wyatt Archaeological Research conducted
ground penetrating radar scans at the exact location Ron had described
as the entrance to the passageway of Jeremiah. The Radar scans revealed
a void behind a man made wall, and the project to locate Jeremiah’s
passageway began. Excavation permits were obtained from the Israel
Antiquities Authority and an appeal was made for volunteers to
participate. The response was overwhelming. Not only were there those
who offered to physically assist with the work; but others who offered
financial support and most importantly their support by way of prayer.
Among those who supported the efforts of Wyatt
Archaeological Research, an international team consisting of thirty plus
volunteers physically participated in a concerted effort to locate the
passageway of Jeremiah.
The project began with the use of the latest technology
in Subsurface Interface Radar, a device that can actually peer below the
surface and see what lies beneath. Having located an anomaly below a man
made wall, which matched that seen in previous radar scans, the work
began in earnest. Excavation began down the face of the wall in an
attempt to find some opening which might lead to Jeremiah’s
passageway. This effort led to a dangerous and unexpected discovery that
would alter excavation plans, the discovery of what appeared to be the
walls foundation only a short distance below the surface.
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At that time, it was uncertain whether what had been
discovered was truly a foundation, or the top of another wall. Once
again radar was employed in an attempt to determine the nature of the
discovery. After reviewing the data Israeli archaeologists called for
extensive excavation; the removal of tons of material. The call
presented a seemingly insurmountable task given the time constraints of
the workers. The question arose; How could so much material be moved in
such a short period of time?
The Wyatt team went to work. A ramp system was devised
which would make it possible to transport stone, soil, and debris from
the excavation site to wheelbarrows below; a system which would prove to
greatly accelerate the dig. In an unprecedented effort, tons of material
were removed in record time only to confirm that what had been revealed
was indeed a foundation and not the top of another wall.
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After the walls’ foundation had been carefully and
painstakingly cleaned, engineers were brought in to analyze the
situation. Their conclusion cast serious doubt upon further excavation.
The wall was in danger of collapse!
Excavation team members brought with them a wide range
of talents; business men, medical doctors and nurses, those involved in
the field of science, and those having expertise in the field of
construction and construction materials. By divine appointment, it was
no coincidence that the owner of one of the nations largest firms,
involved with foundation support, was a participant in the excavations.
Plans were presented to engineers and a concerted effort was launched to
devise a method of shoring that would not only support the compromised
wall but which would provide for a means of safely excavating under it.
A special meeting was called at Rockefeller Museum, home
of the Israel Antiquities Authority; and after hours of extensive
discussion and scientific calculation a shoring system was agreed upon
which would allow the work to continue. While the excavation team made
preparation, the search for wooden shoring material was underway; an
expensive and not so simple task in Jerusalem, a city of predominately
stone construction. After visits to multiple suppliers the materials
were finally secured and within hours of delivery the first shoring
frame was ready to be placed.
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In front of the subterranean wall a shelter was to be
built from which the excavation could safely continue under its
foundation. One by one team members positioned the shoring frames, while
at the same time others carefully braced the wall with backfill and sand
bags. Having re-secured the wall, the work could then proceed. Following
the pathway of material that had been seen on radar, a tunnel was
constructed under the foundation of the ancient wall. A pathway of loose
stone and then soft soil was located, which supported Ron’s account.
This was definitely an area that had been filled in at some time in the
past. Probes into the material, and additional radar scans, indicated
that we were on the right track.
Once again, safety concerns became a factor. It was
determined by the engineers assigned to the project, that once the
excavation extended past the walls’ foundation, which now served as a
ceiling, the tremendous weight of the loose material above could
collapse in on the excavations; a potentially deadly scenario.
In an effort to make an accurate determination of how
much material rested above, a survey crew was called in to calculate the
exact position and elevation of the Wyatt excavation in relationship to
the ancient walls of Suleiman, and the Old City of Jerusalem which lay
above. After locating a survey benchmark outside the Northern wall of
Jerusalem, the position of the city above was superimposed on the
excavation map. The survey led to a startling discovery. To everyone’s
amazement, not only was the excavation about to extend beyond the wall
below, but beyond the towering outer walls of Jerusalem, a scenario in
perfect agreement with the account of Ron Wyatt.
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As the survey continued it was soon determined that more
than 10 meters, some 40 feet of material, lay above the heads of the
With the excavation schedule for the first phase of
excavations nearing its end, it was agreed by all parties that the site
should temporarily be secured. A decision which would not serve to end
the project; but rather a new beginning, an essential step toward future
As archaeological engineering for continued excavation
proceeds, discussions are underway about amazing options never before
Reminded that Ron Wyatt worked for three and one half
years before the realization of his efforts to locate the Ark of the
Covenant, the Wyatt teams returns home with a sense of accomplishment
and awaits another day for the key that will unlock the mystery of the
cherub in Zedekiah’s cave, and the passageway that leads to the Ark of
Visit our website often for future announcements.
Pictures of the excavation will be placed on the site and then exchanged
for new ones over the next several weeks.
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