Next Friday, the location of a major archaeological find in Israel will be revealed by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Sources who took part in the dig have said that the find is part of a royal castle that could have belonged to King David.
Newspaper Makor Rishon first reported the find. “For reasons that are not completely clear,” wrote the paper, “several authorities in Israel have decided to silence the find, which may mark a breakthrough in the perception of the period of King Davd and his son, Shlomo [Soloman], and of the entire Judean kingdom.”
Of the details that are known, one confirmed find is a “proto-aeolic capital” that is connected to a column. In Israel, only 30 of these capitals have been found and of those 30, five were found in areas where it is known that Biblical kings lived.
Binyamin Tropper of the Kfar Etzion Field School is credited for identifying the site, which is located in a cave in southern Jerusalem. Makor Rishon stated that the capital “apparently indicates that an entire temple or castle is buried beneath it.”
Director Yaron Rosental of the Israel Antiquities Authority has said of the site: “We appear to have a complete castle here. Those who lived here after it did not know of its existence and thus, instead of using its stones to build a new building as was the usual practice, left it intact.”
However, the recent discovery has found itself surrounded by slight controversy. A new section of the Israeli security fence is planned to be built nearby the site. This would leave the site and the recent in territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority.