Artefacts that may date back to the time of King David’s nemesis, Goliath, have been unearthed, according to news from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
As reported in NBC News, a five-year archaeological dig near Goliath’s biblical hometown of Gath has yielded evidence of Judean religious practices 3,000 years ago.
This gives more archaeological backing to the stories of King David and King Solomon as told in scriptures.
Quoted in NBC News, archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel said, ‘We have a city with a population relating to the Kingdom of Judah. This is totally different from Philistine, Canaanite or the cult in the Kingdom of Israel’.
The site, known as Khirbet Qeiyafa, is 20 miles south-west of Jerusalem, on top of a hill overlooking the Valley of Elah.
The team has been unearthing a fortified city there, situated across from what was once the Philistine city of Gath.
Based on radiocarbon dating of burned olive pits found at the site, archaeologists believe the ancient city lasted for only 40 years, from 1020 to 980 BC, before it was destroyed.