Archaeologists excavating the hometown of Goliath, Gath have discovered ruins dating back to the legendary biblical battle.

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Director Aren Maeir of the Bar Ilan University in Israel said “We now know the size and impressive nature of the early Iron Age city is quite different than previously thought…It was assumed the city reached its large size during the 10th and 9th century BC…It now appears that the early Iron Age city – 11th century BC and perhaps before – may have been even bigger and more impressive.”

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The unearthed fortifications were reportedly 13ft wide. Walls from later periods were much smaller measuring 8ft in width. The blocks used in the construction were also larger, measuring 6.5 ft in the layers from the Goliath period to the smaller 1.6ft in the later ones. The size of the fortifications was not the only large items. Gath covered around 123.5 acres, double the size of most cities during that period.

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Maeir added “Perhaps, the legends of giants among the Philistines, and in particular from Gath – Goliath and others – might have arisen, among other reasons, from seeing the impressive monumental remains of the city in the centuries after its destruction.”

Source: Daily Star