Archaeologists in Jerusalem claim to have uncovered two large buildings fit for a king -- Biblical King David, that is.
But not all historians agree; one group even argues that King David was no king at all.
Over the past year, archaeologists have excavated a site that they believe to be the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, where David smote Goliath as described in the Bible.
"The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David," said professors Yossi Garfinkel of Hebrew University and Saar Ganor, who led the excavations. "This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David."
Shaarayim, as it was called in the Bible, is thought to be the modern city of Khirbet Qeiyafa.
Garfinkel and Ganor identified one structure as David's palace and the other as an enormous royal storeroom. They are the two largest known buildings to have existed in the tenth century BCE in Jerusalem.
“The southern part of a large palace that extended across an area of about 1,000 square meters [10,800 square feet] was revealed at the top of the city," Garfinkel and Ganor detailed. "The wall enclosing the palace is about 30 meters [100 feet] long and an impressive entrance is fixed it through which one descended to the southern gate of the city, opposite the Valley of Elah. Around the palace’s perimeter were rooms in which various installations were found -- evidence of a metal industry, special pottery vessels and fragments of alabaster vessels that were imported from Egypt.” Continue reading via Fox News...