(Breaking Israel News) Zvi Koenigsberg does not come from the world of academia but he witnessed one of the most remarkable stories in archaeology: the discovery of the first altar that was built by the Hebrews in the land of Israel. This discovery has gone largely unheralded and some archaeologists have even gone to great lengths to deny the obvious.
In 1981, Koenigsberg was the chairman of the local governing council of Shavei Shomron. Adam Zertal, a student of archaeology at the time, came to the town to give a lecture about an archaeological survey which involved walking systematically over a given area and recording every surface find. Koenigsberg met Zertal and they immediately struck up a friendship that lasted until the archaeologist passed away in 2015. Zertal introduced him to a site that he had discovered 18 months previous to their meeting on Mount Ebal and which he very much wanted to excavate. Known as El-Burnat, Arabic for “the hat,” the mound of stones was situated in a naturally occurring amphitheater 880 meters above sea level, and 60 meters below the summit. The site was dominated by a mound of stones.