Archaeologists from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on Thursday revealed the results of a year-long dig outside the capital - the discovery of King David's suburban palace.
Experts said the large structures found at a dig near the town of Beit Shemesh are clearly a royal facility, and appear to have been constructed for residence.
The remains are part of what is believed to be the biblical town of Sha'arayim, and date to the tenth century BC, the time that David was ruling in nearby Jerusalem.
In later centuries, the site was used by Bedouin tribes who even referred to the location as Khirbat Daoud, or David's Ruins.
Archaeologists are hailing the find as one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the country, and one that will help them to finally better understand life in Israel during the time of David and Solomon.
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