This weekend I have been listening to II Kings while out walking. Of course this means that I have also been thinking of Lachish as it is mentioned several times in the narrative.
In II Kings 18 during the reign of King Hezekiah we find that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against the fortified cities which included Lachish. In the picture above you can see the remains of the siege ramp that the Assyrians built.
Lachish was taken by the Assyrians and when Sennacherib returned home he had large reliefs made of the capture of the city. Of course, there is no mention of his defeat at Jerusalem immediately after.
Two years ago a toilet was found in the gate area of Lachish that dates to the reforms of Hezekiah. For more about this see my post The Lachish Latrine.
Now back to watching some Olympic Curling.