Lost Biblical City Where Philistines Gave Refuge to King David Found, Archaeologists Say

July 11, 2019 - General
Tel a-Rai, site postulated for Ziklag, where David found sanctuary under the Philistine wing.

Archaeologists digging in southern Israel near the modern city of Kiryat Gat claim to have found an ancient biblical city from the time of the legendary King David.

The ancient Philistine city was discovered by researchers from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Macquarie University in Australia. In the research paper published in the journal Radiocarbon, the researchers note that the city of “Ziklag” is mentioned in the Bible in association with King David when Achish, King of Gat, allowed David refuge while he was fleeing King Saul.

According to an article about the discovery in Haaretz, “12 other sites in Israel have been considered as the possible location of Ziklag” but where this new site near Kiryat Gat differs is that none of the previous sites has “a continuous Philistine settlement and a settlement from the time of King David.” Among the first discoveries when excavations began in 2015 were “spacious, massive stone structures” containing artifacts of the Philistine civilization” dating between the 12-11th centuries BC.

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