Khirbet Qeiyafa, also known as the Elah Fortress, is the remains of an ancient city overlooking the Elah Valley, which was rediscovered in 2007 near the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, 20 miles from Jerusalem.

The Israel Antiquities Authority upon releasing the 2010/11 Khirbet Qeiyafa preliminary dig report stated:

"The excavations at Khirbat Qeiyafa clearly reveal an urban society that existed in Judah already in the late eleventh century BCE. It can no longer be argued that the Kingdom of Judah developed only in the late eighth century BCE or at some other later date."

Since discovery, many archaeologists have speculated what this site may be, some claim it to be the biblical city of Neta’im or Sha’arayim, possibly containing the the remains of King David’s palace. Others suggest that it is more likely the ruins of a Canaanite or Judahite fortress.

However, recent archaeological reports show strong evidence suggesting that it contains the remains of King David’s palace. Not long ago, July 18, 2013, the Israel Antiquities Authority released the press release: “King David’s Palace was Uncovered in the Judean Shephelah.”

Photos courtesy & taken by orientalizing.

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