Archaeologists have found Ziklag, David's city of refuge

The traces of Philistine occupation, under the traces of occupation of the period of David, agree with the biblical texts.

Ziklag, the city where David took refuge as he fled from King Saul, has been the subject of controversy for decades. No less than 12 localities were envisaged to locate this ancient city. Until the discovery of Khirbat a-Rai, resulting from a joint work of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Macquarie University of Sydney.

Excavations have been carried out on site since 2015, in the Judean Hills. They have made it possible to find traces of the Philistine settlement in the 12th and 11th century BC, but also of rural settlement in the 10th century BC. These findings agree with the biblical text.

Above the traces of Philistine occupation, researchers have thus discovered traces of occupation from the time of David. Imposing stone structures, a hundred pottery and hundreds of stone and metal tools. A "treasure", according to Saar Ganor, from the Israel Antiquities Authority. Above, amphorae and bowls, decorated with care. The "red and glossy hand" finish is typical of David's time. For Yosef Garfinkel, these discoveries are proof of David's existence.

Rami Arav directs the excavations. According to him, this is a "significant contribution":

“There aren't many monumental finds from the reign of King David. It is absolutely a significant contribution to biblical archeology and Bible studies. "



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