A Palace of David Discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa?

Bible, Archaeology, and Travel with Luke Chandler

The latest big archaeological news is the press announcement that a Palace of King David has been discovered in the Judean foothills at Khirbet Qeiyafa, a city dating to the time of his reign. Besides the palace, a large pillared storehouse to manage taxes in kind (oil, wine, grain, etc.) was discovered along the northern edge of the city.

These discoveries are from the site I’ve worked the past five seasons. I mentioned the Iron Age fortress (“David’s Palace”) last year in a post that included a photo. The long wall was identifiable as the central building of the Iron Age city and was a large factor in the decision to excavate one more season at Qeiyafa in 2013.

The “David’s Palace” title is certainly tweaked for media exposure. For better and for worse, it worked. The story hit Israelinewssources and moved to Americanmedia in less than a…

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