It has been an interesting year (or so) for archaeology in the Holy Land. The minimalists must be quite depressed. 😦
I will list only three major stories that are quite supportive (to say the least) of the Biblical record with its description of the Davidic and Solomonic times:
1) The excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa of Yosef Garfinkel from Hebrew University.
2) The excavations of Thomas Levy (from my good old school UCSD) in Jordan at Khirbat en-Nahas (which I visited last year – photos later).
3) And the latest on a possible Solomonic temple in Jerusalem is found here.
As it could be expected – there are plenty of archaeologists who question the conclusions of these excavators and are cautious to make any connections with the Biblical record. This is not surprising, and final conclusions are still to be drawn.
However – one cannot help but think that ‘minimalists’ have not had a good year.
Once again – lack of evidence is NOT evidence of absence!