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Archaeologists uncover King David’s 10th-century BC palace

Jerusalem, July 20 (): Archaeologists in Jerusalem have unearthed two large structures believed to have been a part of King David’s palace. They have found a 3,000-year-old palace and royal storehouse in Jerusalem belonging to King David.

The excavation that was done for seven years is a joint effort by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authorities. According to Hebrew University archaeologist Yossi Garfinkel and Archaeology Authority official Saar Ganor, Khirbet Qeiyafa is the best example of a fortified city from the time of King David exposed to date. They give evidence to state building and administrative organization during the period of King David.

The findings at Khirbet Qeiyafa — a fortified hilltop city about 19 miles (30 kilometres) south-west of Jerusalem indicate that David, who defeated Goliath in the Bible, ruled a kingdom with a great political organization, the excavators say.

The biblical city of Shaarayim is thought to have become the modern city of Khirbet Qeiyafa, which is approximately 30 kilometres south-west of Jerusalem.

The southern part of the large palace that extended across an area of 1,000 square metre was revealed at the top of the city. The wall enclosing the palace is 30 metres long and an impressive entrance is fixed in it through which one descended to the southern gate of the city, opposite the Valley of Elah.

Around the perimeter of the palace 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, archaeologists said.

A pillared building 15 metres long by 6 metres wide was exposed in the north of the city, which was used as an administrative storeroom, they said. Hundreds of artefacts including stone tools, pottery vessels, seals and religious objects typical of the times, were found at the site.

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) told that they are confident the site can be attributed to the time of King David’s reign.