Did David and Solomon's United Monarchy Exist? Vast Ancient Mining Operation May Hold Answers

Archaeology has provided precious little evidence for the biblical account of a powerful Judaic kingdom 3,000 years ago, but the sheer extent of copper mining in Timna, when Egypt was in a state of collapse, is otherwise hard to explain

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 King David's palace? Prof. Eilat Mazar believes these are the ruins of King David's palace, found in the City of David, south of Temple Mount. Critics claim the dating of the ruins is uncertain.
King David's palace? Prof. Eilat Mazar believes these are the ruins of King David's palace, found in the City of David, south of Temple Mount. Critics claim the dating of the ruins is uncertain. Credit: Avi Balaban
Philippe Bohstrom
Philippe Bohstrom
The stepped stone structure (in the bible: Millo) in the City of David, Jerusalem, atop of which King David supposedly built his palace.Credit: City of David Foundation
5-meter high fortification walls discovered at TimnaCredit: Erez Ben-Yosef / TV Project
Donkey dung preserved by the arid desert climate revealed the draught animals at Timna ate hay and grape pomace 3,000 years agoCredit: Erez Ben-Yosef / TV Project
The entrance complex with a two-room gatehouse flanked by animal pens and piles of dung, dating to the 10th century B.C.E. Credit: Erez Ben-Yosef / TV Project
Stone palace found in the City of David: Who built it? Some say David, some say its dating is uncertain.Credit: City of David Foundation
King David's palace? Prof. Eilat Mazar believes these are the ruins of King David's palace, found in the City of David, south of Temple Mount. Credit: Avi Balaban

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