In this case, thanks to JNS.org and algemeiner.com, we see how:
a stone altar dated to the Iron Age—the period of Israelite kings—was accidentally exposedThis of course simply adds more details to a long term pattern. END
during a dig conducted by an archaeological staff officer of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria.
The Tel Shiloh dig, where an Iron Age altar was found
The altar was found amid the stones of a wall dated to the Byzantine period. Apparently, the Byzantines removed the altar from its original location in Tel Shiloh and used it to build a structure at the foot of the tel. The discovery is the first tangible evidence that Shiloh was a cultic center prior to and during the First Temple period. Previously, the only evidence for that theory were descriptions in the Bible about the Tabernacle at the time of Joshua and later in the time of Eli the high priest and the prophet Samuel.