The Dog Who Fell into a Pit, and Discovered a First Temple Era Winepress
I guess if tv journalists can stumble into pits, so can dogs.
He never studied archeology and knows more about bones than about antiquities, but he is probably the first dog in history to uncover a major archeological site. It all began five years ago when Zach, a mongrel, took a walk at Jerusalem’s Ramot Forest with his owner, Shaul Yona. As he was joyfully running around the forest, Zach suddenly fell into a hole in the ground. Yona managed to get his dog out safe and sounds. As he took a deep breath following the drama, he peeked into the hole and realized that it was not just a random pit. He alerted archeologists, who checked the hole and discovered that it had been used as a grape pressing area during the First Temple period. The sensational discovery led to an extensive excavation, which exposed additional pits, pottery pieces and bronze coins from the Second Temple period. The dig was orchestrated by Prof. Amihai Mazar, who was awarded the Israel Prize in archaeology in 2009.