Israeli archaeologists just uncovered a 3,000-year-old fortress from the time of King David. The ancient fortress is located on a hilltop in the Golan region of Israel. The structure spans a quarter of an acre and has five-foot thick walls of stone.
King David fortress discovered
Workers with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) were excavating an area of land in preparation of a new neighborhood development when they made the shocking discovery. An ancient fortress dating back to the times of King David.
“The complex we exposed was built at a strategic location on the small hilltop, above the El-Al canyon, overlooking the region, at a spot where it was possible to cross the river,” excavation director Barak Zin said. The fortress is located in the Hispin area and was possibly manned by the Geshur people.
The Bible says the Geshurs had a capital located in this region north of the Sea of Galilee. According to the Bible, Geshur King Talmai’s daughter Maachah married King David and then merged with his dynasty, the House of David.
The fort spans more than a quarter of an acre. It’s built out of basalt boulders and has walls that measure five-foot thick.
“The fortified city of Bethsaida is considered by scholars to be the capital of the Aramean Kingdom of Geshur, that ruled the central and southern Golan 3,000 years ago,” the IAA said in the statement. “Cities of the Kingdom of Geshur are known along the Sea of Galilee shore, including Tel En Gev, Tel Hadar, and Tel Sorag, but sites are hardly known in the Golan.
This unique fortified complex raises new research issues on the settlement of the Golan in the Iron Age.”
Israel rich with history
At the site of the uncovered fort, archeologists uncovered a large basalt stone with an engraving of two horned figures with outspread arms.
This large stone once stood at the gates of the ancient city and it represented a Moon-God Cult.
The Golan region is rich with ancient history and the IAA is committed to preserving these sites. IAA’s scientific adviser in the northern region, Ron Be’eri, told an Israeli newspaper, “In modern Israel and in the Golan, in particular, we are blessed with a lot of development and construction — often at the expense of the archaeological sites.
This site is a national treasure and the IAA is going to do everything it can to make sure it is not hit too.”