Nothing can be more political in Israel than archeology. The BBC goes so far as to insinuate that it is wrong for Israel to try to unearth ancient Israel as it would undermine Palestinian claim to the land. Indeed, many archeologists prefer to posit the notion that the Kingdoms of David and Solomon have never existed. They are not happy with this new report:
JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli archaeologist said Monday that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era.
If the age of the wall is correct, the finding would be an indication 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.
That's a key point of dispute among scholars, because it would match the Bible's account that the Hebrew kings David and Solomon ruled from Jerusalem around that time.
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