Final aerial photos from the end of the 2011 excavation season at Khirbet Qeiyafa were posted to the project’s official Web site this week. The images give stunning views of the site’s various excavation areas, including the now well-defined area of the site’s southern four-chambered gate and adjacent casemate walls and fortifications (pictured). As reported in BAR,* Khirbet Qeiyafa is a small but imposing fortress on the border between Judah and Philistia that has been dated by pottery and radiocarbon analysis to the early tenth century B.C.E. and the reign of King David. Visit our digs page to learn how you can participate in the 2012 excavations.
* Hershel Shanks, “Newly Discovered—A Fortified City from King David’s Time,” Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2009; and “Prize Find: Oldest Hebrew Inscription Discovered in Israelite Fort on Philistine Border,” Biblical Archaeology Review, March/April 2010.
Update: On May 8, 2012, Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation director Yosef Garfinkel and Saar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of the latest finds from Khirbet Qeiyafa, including cultic items from the time of King David. Read more and view a slideshow of the finds>>