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Archaeologists Uncover Ancient City of Gath, Home to Goliath the Giant

Veronica Neffinger | iBelieve Contributor | Friday, August 7, 2015

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient City of Gath, Home to Goliath the Giant

Archaeologists in a Palestinian city in Israel have uncovered the ruins of a city that was once home to Goliath the giant.

The archaeologists have unearthed a huge gate and a fortified wall in the modern-day city of Tell es-Safi. They believe the gate and wall to be part of "the lower city of Gath,” a Philistine metropolis of the ancient world, according to Christian Today.

The Philistine city is described in the Bible as being the home of Goliath, the giant who threatened the nation of Israel and was felled by a stone from future king of Israel, David’s sling. 

Professor Aren Maeir, an archaeologist from Bar-Ilan University in Israel who is the leader of the excavation, stated that "We still have to do a lot of cleaning, defining, digging and measuring to do, but it appears that there are really good chances we have truly landed on quite an astounding find.” 

The archaeologists uncovered the city of Gath’s wall and massive gate while they were digging trenches to unearth the city’s fortifications. 

Publication date: August 7, 2015

Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.