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6 August 2015

At http://phys.org/print357830982.html … the site of Biblical Gath is being excavated and fortifications and an entrance gate have been unearthed which go back to the early Iron Age. As a result of this there has been a press release to the effect the Gath of King David has been found – but when we read down it says it is more likely from the 9th century, contemporary with Ahab. However, more interesting perhaps is the evidence of earthquake – with a suggested date in the 8th century (contemporary with an earthquake recorded in the Book of Amos). That of course is conjecture – as the Iron Age levels are currently somewhat fluid – with different archaeologists moving them backwards or forwards. Finally, at the end of the piece we learn the excavations have been going on for 20 years

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