Archeologists in the Judean Shephelah uncovered King David’s palace and the Byzantine farmhouse.
In a press release by Israel Antiquities Authority, two buildings have been found in an excavation that begun some seven years ago.
Researchers from the Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority are among the first to identify these buildings as being part of a fortified city in Judah. Extending back to the era of King David, and identifiable with the scriptural city of Shaarayim.
er many years of searching, the ancient palace and storehouse were both found at the Kirbet Qeiyafa.
According to the Jerusalem Post, lead researchers Yossi Garfinkel and Saar Ganor said that “The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David. This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David.”
The Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authorities joined hands on this project at Khirbet Qeiyafa, about 18 miles southwest of Jerusalem. This has been an ongoing project, with both teams being dedicated for the past seven years.
Due to the weight in Biblical history, finding undisputable evidence of King David is a universal goal for many researchers in Israel. It is believed that during the 10th century BC, King David ruled over the Kingdom of Judah.
Yossi Garfinkel and Saar Ganor discovered the massive buildings at the site during the past year. They believe the buildings are a part of the regional city of Shaarayim. Both buildings have been described as being fit for royalty (in their golden age), even the large storehouse. Within the storehouse, researcher can find substantiation that may assist in dating the site.
Israel Antiquities Authority spokeswoman Yoli Schwartz told The Times of Israel, “This is the only site in which organic material was found — including olive seeds — that can be carbon-14 dated [to King David’s time]“
According to the IAA, exactly what was uncovered includes a large section of the city wall, two gates, a column building and ten houses. The IAA also notes that the one of the most famous biblical battles in history, the battle between David and Goliath, took place here.
Prior to the announcement of this historical archeological discovery, a planned project was due for construction in the area. The Israeli authorities have since canceled this development and will endeavor to preserve the area as a national park.
This, however, is not the sole occasion on which authorities have announced evidence of the same feature. 2008 saw archeologist Eilat Mazar announcing her findings of the ancient palace. Mazar used descriptions from the bible to reveal the site. Her findings are not, however, set in the history book of stone and remain a controversial topic. Her ‘literal reading of ancient religious texts’ is not a verified source or method.
It seems simplicity is not a language for all to understand.