Khirbet Qeiyafa website updated with info, photos

The official site for Khirbet Qeiyafa has just been updated with new information and photos. This Iron Age site happens to overlook David and Goliah’s biblical battlefield and has produced a wealth of data from the period when the tribal societies of Israel and Judah were beginning to transition to centralized states.

Here is an overview of the site updates:

  1. Additional data on the ostracon
  2. A new section dedicated to the Eshbaal inscription with many photos now published for the first time. (Some in large files)
  3.  Updated publications list of books and articles on Khirbet Qeiyafa. This includes the new volume on Numismatic finds by Yoav Farhi.
  4.  New sections in the Photo Gallery on pottery, metal tools and stone objects.
  5.  A new section in the photo gallery with large scale images of the shrine models.

This is an excellent resource for anyone interesting in learning more about Kh. Qeiyafa and the discoveries made there.


View of Khirbet Qeiyafa at the conclusion of excavations in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Khirbet Qeiyafa expedition)

Bronze axe_Qeiyafa

Bronze axe head discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa. (Courtesy of Khirbet Qeiyafa expedition)


Original pieces of the Eshbaal inscription. The discovery of this biblical name (1 Chron. 9:39) incised on pottery was announced in 2015. (Courtesy of Khirbet Qeiyafa expedition)

Grinding stones_KQ

Grinding stones for turning grain into flour, discovered at Khirbet Qeiyafa. (Courtesy of Khirbet Qeiyafa expedition)

KQ ostracon scan

Imaging scan of the late 11th/early 10th century BC ostracon inscription from Khirbet Qeiyafa. This could be our oldest extant Hebrew inscription but is not fully legible with current technology. (By CRI laboratory)


About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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