A Proto-Update on Khirbet Qeiyafa

My good friend (and cousin) Luke Chandler has been an invaluable resource for discussion on the various finds and significance of the on-going excavation of  Khirbet Qeiyafa.

Back on July 15, in the middle of this year’s Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation, I wrote about the potential of some new finds:

Best case scenario: A couple of things have been found that could add entirely new dimensions to our site over several periods, including the early Iron Age (ca. time of King David). One find could potentially impact our understanding of David’s kingdom, depending on what more is learned through excavation.
Alternate scenario: A couple of things have been found that are not as grand as we hoped for, but are still exciting and add new dimensions to our site over several periods, including the early Iron Age.

At this point things generally point to the “alternate scenario” – which is still a good thing. (Few finds result in a “best case scenario” interpretation. How many “extraordinary” things really exist at any one site?) I will use a few posts to highlight some of our finds during the 2010 season at Khirbet Qeiyafa.

You can read the entry in full (as well as catching up on earlier posts) here.  I\’ll leave the telling of what was actually found to him.

Published by Jared Saltz

Biblical Studies Faculty (Florida College). PhD candidate at HUC-JIR. Husband, father, student.

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