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Archaeologists of the Macquaire University, in Israel, have discovered a statuette of the Canaanite god Baal and one statuette of a bronze calf, plus two stamps and clay dishes from the 12th century BC. C.
The objects, which are nearly 3,000 years old, were found in the lost city of Khirbet el-Rai, probably linked to the legendary King David.
"When we start an archaeological dig, we have high hopes and little expectations, but of course it is wonderful to discover something interesting," says Gil Davis, director of the Ancient Israel Program at Macquarie University.
«We dream of making discoveries that change our understanding of much of the past", it states.
The treasures were found in different parts of the archaeological site and date from the Canaanite foundation of the city and the reign of the Philistines and of the founding of the Kingdom of Israel.
The researchers found traces of a strong fire, which reinforces their hypothesis that it could be the ancient Philistine city of Ziklag, mentioned in the Bible, and particularly in the Book of Samuel.
According to the Bible, the Philistine king Achish of Gat gave the city to David, famous for beat the giant warrior Goliath.
After the death of the Israelite King Saul, David became monarch of Hebron, but he also continued to reign in Ziklag, which eventually became one of the most important cities in the Kingdom of Israel.
The experts considered twelve possible locations of the city, until in 2018 concluded that Ziklag is Khirbet el-Rai. According to them, the new findings confirm that the discovered place is the city of King David.
During the excavation, remains of buildings were also discovered, in one of which a room full of burned bones and objects of the cult was found.
Via: Macquaire University.