Amazing news this month from the IAA. Professor Yossi Garfinkle of Hebrew U and his IAA associate Sa’ar Ganor announced last week the discovery at Khirbet Qeiyafa of a large palace, overlooking the fortress, from the time of King David. We’ve written much about the site in the past, one of the most important in recent archaeological history, with tremendous polemical significance.

This recent discovery only enhances the site’s importance. The Archaeologists revealed an enormous stone palace, covering an entire square kilometer, with an attached colonnaded storehouse. The palace precincts contained metallurgy workshops and storerooms where imported Egyptian alabaster vessels were found.

David’s Palace at Khirbet Qeiyafa. Image: IAA

Perhaps most impressive of all the findings were the large pottery vessels. These jars would have contained agricultural products, sent to the fortress as taxes from surrounding settlements. The significance of these jars is that their handles were sealed with royal insignia, in the manner of the Judean kings (such as Hezekiah’s “Lamelekh Jars” which archaeology buffs are familiar with.)

Royal Pottery. Image: IAA

This finding confirms beyond a reasonable doubt that there was a central government in Judah at the time of King David’s rule. The famous King David was indeed a powerful monarch, as described by the Tanach.