The Talpiot Find, a novel by John Evan Garvey.
Grad-student Marc isn't hoping for a spectacular archaeological discovery to catapult his career right from the start. He just wants to graduate. His assignment on this dig site in the Talpiot district of Jerusalem, near the alleged Jesus ossuary tomb, hardly seems likely to produce anything of note, much less spectacular. An ancient trash pit had been discovered the previous summer while the dig team excavated a twelfth-century well. Marc is now down in the well methodically uncovering unexceptional pottery sherds and animal bones thrown out with kitchen garbage twenty-six centuries ago. But then he finds a human skeleton. When the human bones turn out to be as old as the garbage around them, the archaeologists wonder if the person, apparently dumped into the pit, was a murder victim. And then he finds clay tablets, right next to the skeleton, carbon-dated to the same time frame as the skeleton and the surrounding rubbish. The tablets actually turn out to be kind of a spectacular find, a portion of Torah written in ancient Hebrew Canaanite, seventh century BCE. Are they related at all to the skeleton, and the murder? Or is their location coincidental? What are the tablets doing in a trash pit? Bearing the tetragrammaton, they should've been placed in a genizah. Why were they discarded? In a trash pit? Near a corpse? Of a murder victim?
The "smoking gun" can also be found in II Kings 22:8-13.
More information about the novel can be found at carpecranium.com/thetalpiotfind/ and at the Kindle Store: amazon.com/The-Talpiot-Find-ebook/dp/B0076RL38I. The novel is available for the Kindle, Nook, and iPad/iPhone and in paperback.
The music in the video is "City of Jerusalem" by Jesper Kyd, from the Assassin's Creed original game soundtrack.
The stock video footage is from VideoBlocks.com.
Exo-Vaticana Petrus Romanus.