Monday, February 22, 2010

Ancient Fortress may be the Wall of Solomon's Jerusalem

Hard on the heels of the announcement of a 10th century BCE Hebrew inscription on a pottery shard found near Elah [see the Hedgehog post dated Jan. 11, 2010] comes another important discovery relevant to the accuracy of the Biblical narrative regarding the Kings David and Solomon. Israeli archeaologist Eilat Mazar announced today that recently excavated fortifications in Jerusalem date back 3000 years to the time of King Solomon. If she is correct, the the finding would indicate that Jerusalem was home to a strong central government that had the resources and manpower needed to build massive fortifications in the 10th century B.C. Consequently, like the Elah shard, this discovery would substantiate the accuracy of the Biblical narrative, and weaken the arguments of the revisionist archaeologists who posit that David's monarchy was largely mythical and that there was no strong government to speak of in that era.

The fortifications, including a monumental gatehouse and a 77-yard (70-meter) long section of an ancient wall, are located just outside the present-day walls of Jerusalem's Old City. Ms. Mazar appears in the photo above standing at the foot of the wall exposed by her dig. Additional photographs and a news account, as well as a video interview of Ms. Mazar regarding her discovery may be found at Israel National News here.

It will be interesting to see if the architectural features of the gate house resemble the six-chambered gates discovered in the 1950s and 1960s by Israeli archaeologist and general Yigael Yadin in Megiddo, Hazor and Gezer. Yadin theorized that the similarity of those three gates provided evidence of a strong central kingdom that had constructed fortifications in all three cities based on a standard design.


Anonymous Carlh said...

Mollie Hemingway has an interesting post on GetReligion has an interesting post bytoday discussing how this story is (and isn't) being reported in the U.S. media, including the implications of the historical controversies on political affairs in the Middle East, with a link to a good article by Jeffrey Tobin at Commentary magazine's site. The link is:

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 8:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Troy T. Dickerson said...

It is not the wall ..I have found the city of well as the burial of David...I have studied maps 32yrs..and I have figured out the secret mapping theory in a map..after 7 years of researching the area ..the evidence is overwhelming...artifacts, ect..the tomb was shot and a mass of smelted gold.was found..go to then click on photo topix show to experts the photos..and see the results..Dr Gariel Barkay has confirmed ... ect..this is no joke..e-mail me : for more info..thanks we found clay signet impressions, clay bullas, ect you can even see all the evidence from the air..this is the biggest discovery know to man...check out the stone face dragon ..with the marks of Jerusalem behind it on the wall...we found everything ms Mazar can't find...very serious

Monday, March 01, 2010 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have reviewed Troy T. Dickerson's reseach .I do believe he has found it.the things I saw , and read , it looks overwhelming.the photos, and the artifacts..much more and better than Ms Mazar's.I seen marks of ancient Jerusalem, I seen marks of city of David, ect...check it out..very real. Dr Shives

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 9:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The regtangular stone mazar is looking up at.. this stone is the engraving of the kingdom given to Jacob..and I can show you this from the aerial a usg aerial... notice the the large x on the stone...and then all the details that suround that...Heaven on earth..Aerials..You can see these details a finger print from the air..and guess what isn't in the mid -east...chk the first and third [ maybe second]video here..some overwhelming evidence evidence of my findings.. e-mail the solide scientific evidence is overwhelming....thank you T.T.D.

Saturday, September 13, 2014 9:59:00 AM  

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