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The Quest for King David: New Light from Khirbet Qeiyafa

Publication date: Jan 07, 2014 06:05 AM

Start: Feb 10, 2014 06:00 PM

Location: Auditorium XLG2 (Ground floor), Christopher Ingold Building, 20 Gordon Street

The Quest for King David: New Light from Khirbet Qeiyafa

The Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Yosef Garfinkel (Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) at UCL on 10 February.

Titled: ‘The Quest for King David: New Light from Khirbet Qeiyafa’, Prof Garfinkel's lecture will explore the site of Khirbet Qeiyafa, a massive fortified city located on the summit of a hill overlooking the Elah Valley. This is a key strategic location in the biblical Kingdom of Judah, on the main road connecting Philistia and the Coastal Plain to Jerusalem and Hebron in the hill country. Prof Garfinkel’s excavations have unearthed, for the first time in the archaeological research of Israel, a fortified city in Judah dating from the late 11th- early 10th centuries BCE, according to radiometric dating from Oxford University. The urban planning, food habits, administration and cult are all different from the finds in Philistine or Canaanite sites, and from sites in the northern Kingdom of Israel. The site exhibits typical elements known only in the Kingdom of Judah, and demonstrates that these characteristics had already been developed in the time of King David.

Yosef Garfinkel holds the Yigael Yadin Professorship for the Archaeology of the Land of Israel at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Garfinkel specialises in research on the late prehistoric period and has conducted excavations at a variety of sites including Yifta’el, Gesher, Tel Eli, Sha’ar Hagolan, Meitar, Ashkelon and Tel Tsaf, in addition to his seven year project at Khirbet Qeiyafa.