Light entered the chamber for the first time in six millennia.
‘We’re through!’ Mike Baker yelled. ‘Rebecca, we’re through!’
Rebecca Grainger moved quickly to view the hole Mike had made with his hammer and chisel.
‘You punched through into nothing?’ Rebecca asked.
‘Yeah. Chisel just went straight through,’ Mike said.
‘Can you widen it enough to get a look in there?’ Rebecca asked.
‘Sure. Give me five minutes,’ Mike said.
‘Make it a quick five minutes.’ She was grinning now. ‘There’s nothing more impatient than a team of archaeologists on the verge of a major discovery. I’ll round up the rest of the glory
Rebecca backed away from Mike in the enclosed space at the bottom of the well shaft and unclipped the palm-sized radio attached to her belt.
‘Phil, find Tina,’ she said into the radio. ‘Both of you get down here now. We think there’s a chamber under the well shaft. Mike has just broken through.’