I read yesterday about a newly-excavated large, Bronze Age wall in Jerusalem and had planned to post on it today, but will instead direct you to Ferrell Jenkins’ blog post. He has good information and photos of the discovery.
Strong, massive fortifications with large stones were, and still are, reflections of power. This point relates to the importance of the ongoing Khirbet Qeiyafa excavations. Numerous scholars have insisted that the biblical David and his kingdom did not exist. Their basis for this theory has been a lack of large, monumental structures from that time period (early 10th century B.C.).
Excavations now show that Khirbet Qeiyafa in that period was a strong fortress city with very large stones in its gates and defensive walls. The fortifications contained an estimated 200,000 tons of stone – more than double the weight of a combat-loaded Nimitz class aircraft carrier – and would have required around 10 years to complete. Only a strong monarchy could devote the resources and purpose for that kind of construction. This evidence supports the Bible’s account of David as a strong king over a united Israel.