King David's palace found near Jerusalem

Aerial picture of King David's palace and storeroom near Jerusalem.

Ruins at a 3,000-year-old fortified city give new insight into the biblical rule of King David, researchers in Israel say.

Archaeologists in Israel say they have found the remains of a 3,000-year-old biblical site, a "suburban palace" from the rule of King David.

Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authority have been working at the site known as Khirbet Qeiyafa, 20 miles outside of Jerusalem, since 2007. But on Thursday they said they had uncovered the walls of a palace and storeroom that give new insight into the rule of King David.

The structures were part of a fortified city that was ruled from a central authority in Jerusalem and may have been the site of the biblical story of David and Goliath.

"This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David," lead archaeologists Yossi Garfinkel and Saar Ganor said.

But rival researchers dispute Garfinkel and Ganor's research, Haaretz reports, saying that their claims rely too heavily on a literal interpretation of the Bible and that a so-called "United Monarchy" ruled jointly by kings David and Solomon may never have existed at all.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the discovery of the biblical city led the Israel Antiquities Authority to "reject a proposal to build a new neighborhood close to the site, declaring the area and its surroundings a national park."

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