An archaeological breakthrough at an ancient lost city could go towards proving some of the Bible’s claims about King David.
A team has been digging at Tel Eton, in the Hebron hills of Israel, for over a decade.
Now Professor Avraham Faust, who is leading the excavation, has hailed a discovery which could help settle the debate about the existence of the Kingdoms of David and Solomon.
For decades, academics have remained unsure whether they truly existed as described in the Bible.
A large, four room building has been unearthed which his team says dates back to 10th Century BCE.
This is on the basis of carbon-dating from both the floor and foundation.
Prof Faust says that construction of such a large residence, on the top of a mound and therefore visible from a great distance, along with the significant growth of the size of the city at the same time, was an important event in the history of Tel ‘Eton.
Clues as to who built the house can also be found in its design.
It is a classic, four-room style found commonly in Israelite sites, but extremely rare at Canaanite and Philistine sites.
The conclusion is that the building would support the theory that it was built by King David.
In their findings published in the journal Radiocarbon, Prof Faust’s team said: "The association with David is not based on direct archaeological evidence, but solely on circumstantial grounds."
They add "…if someone thinks that there was no king by the name of David, we should find another name to call the highland king in whose time the region was incorporated into the highland kingdom."
The discovery will renew the debate on whether debates in the Bible can be proven by scientific discoveries.
AnaRina Heymann, director of Jerusalem Watch and the outreach coordinator for the City of David, frequently encounters skeptics who question the historical validity of King David.
“Until 1993, there was no way we could prove that King David existed,” Heymann told Breaking Israel News.
"That was when archaeologists discovered the Tel Dan Stele."
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