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Did Archaeologist Just Find King David’s City?

New discovery the City of David? (Courtesy Avraham Faust/ Tel ‘Eton Archaeological Expedition)

A group of archaeologists from the Bar-Ilan University have discovered an ancient site that could offer an understanding of the biblical kingdom of David and Solomon. While working on an excavation of a house named the “Governor’s Residence”, they found an enormous basement that extends 2,420 square feet.

Archaeologists and researchers working on this project say this new finding could support the theory that David and his son Solomon had a joint kingdom, known as the United Monarchy.

New discovery the City of David (Courtesy Avraham Faust/ Tel ‘Eton Archaeological Expedition)

The radiocarbon tests found in the Tel’ Eton building date to the same period of the theoretical joint kingdom. The foundation, or as we like to call it, the GINORMOUS basement was constructed around the 10th-century B.C. which has imposing views of the area: this would make sense for such an impressive residence with ties to another kingdom.

New discovery the City of David (Courtesy Avraham Faust/ Tel ‘Eton Archaeological Expedition)

Many findings around the area have been linked to biblical stories and recent discoveries have put the spotlight on Israel among enthusiasts of archaeology, Bible scholars and historians. Researches recently found a clay seal with the signature of the Biblical Prophet Isaiah, bronze coins that date to the revolt by the Jewish people against the Roman Empire, and new studies performed at the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre match historical records related to the death and burial site of Jesus.

New discovery the City of David (Courtesy Avraham Faust/ Tel ‘Eton Archaeological Expedition)

For those looking to visit Israel for a second time, these new encounters with the past are a good reason to reconsider traveling to the Holy Land. You can easily request archaeological tours in the area or join our Roots of Your Faith 2 tour which travels along many of these archaeological sites in the region.

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