City of David claim reinforced by find

March 31, 2007 at 6:57 PM
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JERUSALEM, March 31 (UPI) -- A recently found wall from the first Jewish temple in Jerusalem has given strength to a claim of where King David's palace existed, an archaeologist says.

Israeli archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar said Thursday the recent unearthing of the First Temple wall section offers additional proof to her 2005 discovery of the palace's location, the Jerusalem Post said.

Ever since Mazar discovered the 10th century BC structure in 2005, the authenticity of the site as the palace of King David has been a source of debate.

Samuel II:5 of the Hebrew Bible states that King Hiram of Tyre built the palace for David after he conquered Jerusalem.

While the authenticity remains debatable, Mazar said that the nearly 66-foot-long wall section represents the largest discovery ever from the time of King David.

The Post said the successful archaeological dig is being supported by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the city's Shalem Center.

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