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Archaeologists Claim to Discover a Palace of King David

| by Michael Allen
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A team of archaeologists from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel's Antiquities Authority claims to have found the ruins of a palace belonging to King David from the Bible.

The ruins were discovered west of Jerusalem at a site called Khirbet Qeiyafa, which is believed to be the biblical city of Shaarayim, notes the Associated Press.

"Khirbet Qeiyafa is the best example exposed to date of a fortified city from the time of King David," said Yossi Garfinkel, a Hebrew University archaeologist who led the seven-year dig with Saar Ganor of Israel's Antiquities Authority.

Garfinkel's team found objects used by Judeans, but no trace of pig remains because pork was banned under Jewish dietary laws.

Using carbon dating, the archaeologists traced the ruins back to 10th century B.C., when King David would have ruled. Garfinkel's team also found a storeroom almost 50 feet long, which may have been used to collect taxes.

Garfinkel believes King David lived permanently in Jerusalem in a yet-undiscovered site and visited other palaces for short periods of time.

However, Archaeologist Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University said it could have been built by Philistines, Canaanites or other people. Finkelstein claims there is no way to verify who built the site without a monument mentioning the king who built it.

Source: Associated Press