Uncovering the Kingdom of Dovıd

City of David Excavation Site

City of David excavation site. By Davidbena – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=108076335

New archaeology has revealed the wide reach and large buildings of the monarchies of Shaul, Dovid and Shlomo Hamelech

Recent archaeological research is revealing the key role that cities played in the growth of ancient Israel during the United Monarchy of Shaul, Dovid and Shlomo. New findings have identified a string of planned fortified sites dating to the tenth century BCE that are among the earliest evidence for the process of urbanization that helped establish and defend the kingdom of ancient Israel. What these discoveries tell us about the urbanization process in the northern Shefeilah (the Judean foothills) throws light on the role of the significance of the cities throughout the land. Further, these discoveries show without any question the existence of a centralized government that we know to have been centered in Yerushalayim.

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