Archaeologists find Ziklag, where David fled from King Saul

Scholars say massive structures, Philistine utensils discovered

09 July, 16:37

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JULY 9 - Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Macquarie University in Sydney believe they have finally found the Philistine town of Ziklag, following seven seasons of excavations in the Judean Hills.

    According to Bible narration, Ziklag is the place where David found protection 3,000 years ago while he was trying to avoid capture by Saul, the first king of Israel.

    Following Saul's death, David succeeded him to the throne.

    The Israeli Antiquities Authority said scholars Yosef Garfinkel, Saar Ganor, Kyle Keimer and Gil Davis maintain that the ancient Ziklag is located in the present-day area of Kiryat Gat in Khirbet a-Rai, a village in ruins that sits above the main road to Ashkelon, on the Mediterranean coast.

    The name Ziklag is atypical for the region, and that appears to confirm the Aegean origins of the Philistines who lived there.

    In this area, which was destroyed by a violent fire, researchers discovered massive stone structures typical of the Philistine culture.

    In addition, stone and metal utensils were unearthed that are similar to other tools found in the nearby Philistine cities of Ashkelon, Ekron, and Gath.(ANSAmed).

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