Archaeologists: We've Found King David's Palace
Site unveiled near Jerusalem
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2013 4:44 AM CDT
Updated Jul 19, 2013 7:42 AM CDT
Archeologists have spotted the site of King David's Palace, they say.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Archaeologists have made a discovery of Biblical proportions: They say newly excavated ruins near Jerusalem are "the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David." Extensive digging has unveiled a pair of structures, one of which may have been a palace belonging to the king; the other is believed to have been a storeroom that would have been used for holding taxes, which would have taken the form of agricultural products, they say. "This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David," the researchers say, per Fox News.

The site of the Biblical battle between David and Goliath is now called Khirbet Qeiyifa. It was likely decimated in 980 BC during a battle with the Philistines, the Jerusalem Post reports. "This is the only site in which organic material was found—including olive seeds—that can be carbon-14 dated" to David's era, a rep for the Israeli Antiques Authority tells the Times of Israel. The paper adds that the site was referred to as Shaarayim, meaning "two gates," in the Bible; the site does indeed feature two gates. And its location would seem to suit royal requirements: "From here one has an excellent vantage looking out into the distance, from as far as the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Hebron Mountains and Jerusalem in the east." (In other, more unworldly, archaeological findings, "vampire" graves have been unearthed in Poland.)

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squiggysmom1
Jul 21, 2013 12:12 PM CDT
I seem to remember over the years, the many Noah's arks that have been found. Whatever happened to those archeological finds? They seem to have just gone away. Tailoring facts to suit preconceived notions is a common practice in Christian archeology. The proof always seems to be just out of reach.
1492
Jul 20, 2013 5:11 PM CDT
I consider this find equivalent to the finding of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In particular Scroll 4Q246. Wonderful news for those of us who choose to believe in Salvation. Wow. King Soloman. King David. Lookout! All that stuff that is written is suddenly coming to life. 1492
wei2szu
Jul 20, 2013 7:54 AM CDT
So, this was Kerry's major breakthrough? That's why there's peace in the Middle East? "the other is believed to have been a storeroom that would have been used for holding taxes, which would have taken the form of agricultural products," agricultural products? Oh, come on, King David was smuggling the ganga and cocaine coming out of Egypt. How the hell else did you think he whipped Goliath's ass? He was high.