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Report: Archaeologists Find City Linked to King David

Report: Archaeologists Find City Linked to King David
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By    |   Tuesday, 01 May 2018 10:47 PM

A lost city linked to King David of the Old Testament has been found near Jerusalem, archaeologists said.

Historians said they believe they have uncovered a building belonging to the settlement in the city of Eglon, dating around 1,000 BC, Breaking Israel News reported Monday.

Biblical references claim King David is an ancestor of Jesus and would have existed near that time.

Eglon is mentioned in the Old Testament as one of the five cities that fought against the Israelites before being conquered.

"Until 25 years ago, no one doubted that King David was a historical figure," Avraham Faust, director of the archaeological dig, told Breaking Israel News.

"In the last 25 years or so, however, David’s historicity, and especially the size of his kingdom, are hotly debated."

Faust, also a professor of archeology at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, said the building was "part of the events in the Bible ascribed to the Kingdom of David."

Faust said the structure was discovered with the help of burrowing mole rats, which bring earth to the surface and provide clues as to what is buried underneath.

In addition, radiocarbon dating confirmed that Elgon was in existence around the time of King David.

"We, of course, did not find any artifacts that said 'King David' or 'King Solomon,'" Faust said, "but we discovered site signs of a social transformation in the region which are consistent with a change from Canaanite culture to a Judean culture.

"Since it took place at a time we believed the Kingdom of David began to spread into this region, it is clear this building was part of the events in the Bible ascribed to the Kingdom of David."

Of the building itself, Faust described it as being "excavated, almost in its entirety, and was composed of a large courtyard with rooms on three sides.

"Hundreds of artifacts were unearthed within the debris, including a wide range of pottery vessels, loom weights, many metal objects, botanical remains, as well as many arrowheads, evidence of the battle which accompanied the conquest of the site by the Assyrians."

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