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Its Not There Archaeology Proves a Negative -By Margreet Steiner Introduction Most people have heard of the City of David a thriving metropolis But did this city really exist Many scholars are still not sure Little evidence has been found to prove that a developed city Gihon Spring This would have to be the locating of the city of Jerusalem because Gihon was the only source of water in this region Outline A Time Periods 1 Late Bronze Age a 1550-1200 BCE b Period before Israel 2 Iron Age 1 a 1200-1000 BCE b Period of Judges Biblical terms c Era just before 12 Israelites tribes supposedly united 3 Beginning of Iron Age II a Encompasses the United monarchy B Problems with proving the idea that the history of Jerusalem is accurate 1 All of the people that have done any large-scale excavation have died before their last reports could be finished 2 The use of Biblical text to prove the idea of a city 3 Materials found at the four sites excavated a There was almost nothing found on any of the four digs in the means of pot sherds b No encircling wall c No gates d No houses e Not even a single piece of architecture 4 The Amarna Letters a these were 400 cuneiform letters b found at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt c In the content of these letters Jerusalem is describes as a large city surrounded by a sturdy wall d These are also very hard to interpret 5 Building and rebuilding a No evidence because of these processes - Not possible because there isnt ample evidence of fills or building fragments C The main issues supporting the city of Jerusalem and reasons why they can be discredited 1 No enough has been excavated a Four major trenches have been excavated
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