King David’s palace along with another royal public building has been uncovered near Jerusalem, Israel.
For the past year, archaeologists have been excavating a site believed to be the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim. This is where David conquered Goliath as described in the Bible.
Professors Yossi Garfinkel of Hebrew University and Saar Ganor, who lead the excavations told Fox 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 location of King David’s palace has been found near the modern city of Khirbet Qeiyafa. In biblical times, it would have been called Shaarayim.
Garfinkel and Ganor have identified one of the two structures to be King David’s palace and the other an enormous royal storeroom. These two structures are the largest known buildings to have existed in the 10th Century BCE in Jerusalem.
“The southern part of a large palace that extended across an area of about 1,000 square meters [10,800 square feet] was revealed at the top of the city,” explained Garfinkel and Ganor. “The wall enclosing the palace is about 30 meters [100 feet] long and an impressive entrance is fixed it through which one descended to the southern gate of the city, opposite the Valley of Elah. Around the palace’s perimeter were rooms in which various installations were found — evidence of a metal industry, special pottery vessels and fragments of alabaster vessels that were imported from Egypt.”
Yoli Schwartz the spokeswoman for The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) told the Times of Israel that “this is the only site in which organic material was found — including olive seeds — that can be carbon-14 dated,”
She went on to explain that “The palace is located in the center of the site and controls all of the houses lower than it in the city. 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. This is an ideal location from which to send messages by means of fire signals.”
Artifacts in there hundreds have been found such as pottery vessels, seals and religious objects all typical of the era.
The IAA plans to declare King David’s Palace a national park, where people will be able to learn about the culture of the country at the time of King David.