The inscription was most likely made when Adrian von Bubenberg made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1466.
A team of experts from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) were surprised to find the name of a famed 15th-century Swiss knight inscribed on the walls of King David’s tomb. The graffiti, which was one of dozens of such inscriptions discovered, bore the name of Adrian von Bubenberg, alongside his family’s emblem.
According to Israel Today, IAA has been working to document ancient examples of graffiti at the “King David Tomb Complex,” on Mount Zion. The project is utilizing the same technology that the IAA developed to analyze the Judean Desert Scrolls. The tech uses multispectral photography, which reveals details that are usually invisible to the naked eye.
The team has already identified more than 40 inscriptions in various languages, as well as several emblems of families of known medieval European knights. Among these was an extremely faint charcoal inscription of the name Adrian von Bubenberg.