Israel‏ unearths 'David v Goliath' venue

22nd Jul 2013

Israeli archaeologists believe they have unearthed a legendary sports venue that ranks alongside Lord's cricket ground, Brazil's Maracana football stadium or America's Augusta National Golf Club.

They excavated a palace which they think was the setting for where the Bible states King David fought the giant Goliath.

Hebrew University and Israel Antiquities Authority scholars believe the palace is the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, measuring 1,000 square metres.

The authority hopes that the new discoveries will lead to the area adding to Israel's cluster of cultural sites as a national park for tourists on group tours to enjoy.

Professors Yossi Garfinkel and Saar Ganor of Hebrew University said: "This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David."

The biblical city of Shaarayim is believed to have become the contemporary city of Khirbet Qeiyafa.

The professors said that the ruins provide two of the biggest known buildings to have existed in the era of King David in Jerusalem.

Hundreds of artefacts were discovered at the site, including religious objects, seals, pottery and tools typical of the time.

The palace's elevated royal occupants would have had a superb view of the land, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Hebron Mountains and Jerusalem in the east.

It is thought that most of the palace was destroyed 1,400 years after it was constructed, then a fortified farmhouse was built in its place during the Byzantine era.

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