Daily delivered to your inbox Related: Banksy Opens 'Walled Off' Hotel on Barrier in Bethlehem I had heard the story about A’abla, but assumed it was a myth.
But one afternoon, after weeks of asking around, I finally spotted her: a 70-year-old woman carrying a black wrought-iron key.
and shows a gaffer (with the blowpipe) at work with his "mold tender" boy (seated).
The mold boy would open and close the mold (at the base of the pipe behind the wash tub) as directed by the gaffer.
The earliest lock excavated came from the Palace of Sargon at Khorsabad in Iraq, dating from 700BC.
By the time that Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, when a metal worker's shop was overwhelmed, locks had been developed and had assumed a form recognisable to modern eyes.
But she politely declined, then disappeared back up the staircase. A’abla isn’t the only legend surrounding the Church of the Nativity.
The most enduring mystery of this place is the building—the oldest operating church in the world—and how it has survived 2,000 years of invasions, coups and natural disasters.
“The key that was found, and which was probably used to open a door some 2,000 years ago, is curved and has teeth. We can only surmise that it might have fallen from the pocket of one of the quarrymen,” Zilberbod added in a statement from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Figure 1 The Banbury Lock Above, a close up photograph of an 18th century Banbury lock mechanism (cap removed) from Theddlethorpe Church in Lincolnshire which is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. Below, a diagram of the Banbury lock, showing mechanism set into a wooden stock, and the distinctive key with a collar set within the width of the bit.
When considering church locks it seems particularly appropriate that the earliest depiction of a lock should be found on a bas-relief in an Egyptian temple at Kamak dating from 2000BC.