Palace-300x200JERUSALEM – Israeli authorities have announced the discovery of remains from King David’s palace near modern-day Jerusalem.

In a statement released on Thursday by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA), officials explain how remnants of two buildings were discovered at a site located between Jerusalem and the Mediterranean Sea. The findings came after several years of careful research by IAA and Hebrew University experts.

Today, the site at which the historic buildings were discovered is called Khirbet Qeiyafa; however, it is referenced in the Bible as the city of “Shaaraim” or “Shaarayim.” Joshua 15:36 says Shaaraim was allotted to the tribe of Judah, and 1st Samuel 17:52 recounts how Israelite soldiers pursued the Philistine army to Shaaraim immediately after David killed Goliath.

“Khirbet Qeiyafa is the best example exposed to date of a fortified city from the time of King David,” explained Professor Yossi Garfinkel and archaeologist Sa’ar Ganor in the IAA press release. “The southern part of a large palace that extended across an area of c. 1,000 square meters was revealed at the top of the city. The wall enclosing the palace is c. 30 meters long and an impressive entrance is fixed to it, through which one descended to the southern gate of the city, opposite the Valley of Elah.”

According to 1st Samuel 17, the Valley of Elah is where David and Goliath had their epic showdown.

As stated in the release, archaeologists believe one of the buildings was a massive royal storeroom used to hold collected taxes, while the second was most likely the palace of King David himself. Garfinkel and Ganor described several of the artifacts they have discovered, and also explained why Khirbet Qeiyafa would have been an excellent location for King David’s palace.

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