King David’s Palace at Khirbet Qeiyafa? By Noah Wiener. Bible History Daily, July 18, 2013.
Excavations uncover 3,000-year-old palace, believed to be that of King David. By Nir Hasson. Haaretz, July 18, 2013.
King David’s Palace was Uncovered in the Judean Shephelah. Israel Antiquities Authority, July 2013.
Archaeologists say they’ve found one of King David’s palaces. By Lazar Berman. The Times of Israel, July 18, 2013.
Archaeological claims that King David’s palace was discovered may be overstated, prof says. By Erin Roach. Baptist Press, July 19, 2013.
King David’s Palace Discovered? Archaeologists Find Huge Palace, Storeroom At Khirbet Qeiyafa Site. By Meredith Bennett-Smith. The Huffington Post, July 19, 2013.
3,000-year-old palace in Israel linked to biblical King David. By Alan Boyle. NBC News, July 19, 2013.
Khirbet Qeiyafa: An Unsensational Archaeological and Historical Interpretation. By Israel Finkelstein and Alexander Fantalkin. Tel Aviv, Vol. 39, No. 1 (May 2012).
The Birth and Death of Biblical Minimalism. By Yosef Garfinkel. Biblical Archaeology Review, Vol. 37, No. 3 (May/June 2011).
The keys to the kingdom of David. By Assaf Shtull-Trauring. Haaretz, May 6, 2011. Also here.
The Israel Antiquities Authority’s (IAA) July 18, 2013, press release is crowned with an extraordinary headline: “King David’s Palace was Uncovered in the Judean Shephelah.” At the close of the seventh season of excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, the Hebrew University Professor Yosef Garfinkel and IAA archaeologist Saar Ganor announced the discovery of “the two largest buildings known to have existed in the tenth century B.C.E. in the Kingdom of Judah” with great fanfare. One of these buildings is a centrally located 100-foot-long palatial structure decorated with elegant imported vessels. Garfinkel told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that “there is no question that the ruler of the city sat here, and when King David came to visit the hills he slept here.” The other structure, a pillared storeroom, features hundreds of storage jars “stamped with an official seal as was customary in the Kingdom of Judah for centuries,” according to the IAA press release.
Two or three rows of stones stretching across 30 meters. That is what remains of what is believed to be King David’s palace, or at least the palace of a senior district governor that served the king some 3,000 years ago, according to scholars from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authority.