Khirbet Qeiyafa is coming U.S. television next Tuesday, November 23rd. I was on site during filming by National Geographic in 2009. We are part of this upcoming NOVA program.
Countless treasure-seekers have set off in search of King Solomon’s mines, trekking through burning deserts and scaling the forbidding mountains of Africa and the Levant, inspired by the Bible’s account of splendid temples and palaces adorned in glittering gold and copper. Yet to date, the evidence that has claimed to support the existence of Solomon and other early kings in the Bible has been highly controversial. In fact, so little physical evidence of the kings who ruled Israel and Edom has been found that many contend that they are no more real than King Arthur. In the summer of 2010, NOVA and National Geographic embarked on two cutting-edge field investigations that illuminate the legend of Solomon and reveal the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty biblical kingdoms. These groundbreaking expeditions expose important new clues buried in the pockmarked desert of Jordan, including ancient remnants of an industrial-scale copper mine and a 3,000-year-old message with the words “slave,” “king,” and “judge.“
The last part of the summary is a reference to the Khirbet Qeiyafa inscription discovered in 2008. I do not know how the producers will treat the site or the inscription. Many programs on biblically-related archaeology are skewed or give disproportionate attention to fringe theories. Hopefully our excavation and the subject at large will be treated fairly.
With any luck I may have survived the editing process. Perhaps I’ll appear in some shots.
Read all about it and stay tuned. The episode should air more than once on TV. If it’s any good, you can even order the DVD. (The DVD cover includes a bluish high-tech scan of the Qeiyafa inscription.)