Qeiyafa: A Fortified City in Judah from the Time of King David, Yosef
Garfinkel, Igor Kreimerman and Peter Zilberg
the name “Khirbet Qeiyafa” was still unknown both to professional
archaeologists and to the public. In 2008 Khirbet Qeiyafa became
world-famous. This spectacular success is entirely due to the figure of
King David, who is so well known from the biblical tradition but is a
very elusive figure from the archaeological or historical point of view.
Nowhere else had an archaeological layer that can be related to this
king been uncovered, not even in Jerusalem. For the first time in the
archaeology of Judah, a fortified city from the time of King David had
of the site was obtained by accurate radiometric measurements conducted
on short-lived samples of burned olive pits. The location in the Elah
Valley, just one day’s walk from Jerusalem, places the site in the core
area of the Kingdom of Judah. Moreover, it is exactly in this area and
this era that the biblical tradition places the famous combat between
the inexperienced and anonymous young shepherd David and the
well-equipped giant Philistine warrior Goliath. Khirbet Qeiyafa has
become the point of contact between archaeology,
biblical studies, ancient history and mythology.
fieldwork at Khirbet Qeiyafa lasted seven seasons, from 2007 to 2013.
This book, written at the end of the excavation phase, summarizes the
main results, supplies answers to various issues concerning the site
that have been raised over the last few years, and presents a
comprehensive interim report. The authors use this opportunity to
discuss various methodological issues that relate to archaeology and the
biblical tradition, and how to combine the two.