Ben Jabo- You are correct to doubt that there would be any Arabic shards at a First Temple-era dig. Think of the history involved. Much as Palestinians highlight the possible Canaanite heritage of some Arabs today, the two writing systems are very distinct. Historian- I find it more likely that the Samaritans entered Israel with Joshua and the other Israelites than any other explanation: that's certainly how they explain it.
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from the article: Archaeologist finds Jerusalem wall matching biblical story