“This is the largest fortress found in all of Israel to date between the Canaanite cities…
and it seems that it is essentially the largest fortress found in Israel until the days of King Herod,” states the website.
(City of David) A new Weizmann Institute study has discovered radiocarbon-dating evidence of the First Temple period under a tower in Jerusalem’s City of David that was previously dated to the Canaanite period.
The findings, based on soil samples taken from under a seven-meter thick walled tower, shave nearly a thousand years from previous archaeological dating of the structure, which placed it c.
For those who take the Hebrew Bible literally, the Weizmann study’s findings could be difficult to reconcile with the text.
The City of David website implies that what the site has labeled the “Spring Citadel” is in fact the historical “Fortress of Zion” taken by King David from the Jebusite king, as described in the book of II Samuel, Chapter 5.
As scientists who study earth’s (relatively) modern history rely on this measurement tool to place their findings in the correct time period, the discovery that it is unreliable could put some in a quandary.