“And David became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt.” 2 Samuel 8:13, NIV
Another archaeological discovery backing up a Bible story was found in southern Israel’s Arava desert region. Archaeologists have excavated an ancient wall dating back to 10th century B.C. which experts believe to be an evidence of King David’s battle.
The experts believe that the ancient wall, that once stood at least 16.5 feet tall and estimatedly ran for hundreds of meters, imply a relation to the biblical story of King David capturing the land of Edom as read in 2 Samuel 8:13.
A report on Breaking Israel News also said that a copper smelting site was also found along with the wall at the Timna copper mines.
Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University, head of the team that discovered the structure, said that the miners who worked in the Timna mines were not humble slaves but rather expert miners who oversaw the complex, demanding works by apprentices.
“Today, we are discovering more and more evidence of a concentrated, hierarchical society that interacted extensively with its neighbors, which matches up with texts from the Bible and other sources,” he added.
He also stated that the copper found had a great value for military organizations back then, but was difficult to produce.
Archaeologists also found number of sling stone near the site and a fortified gatehouse with donkey stables at the copper-smelting factory, also known as Slaves’ Hill in the Timna Valley.
It was called the Slave’s Hill because it was believed that the massive walls that surrounded the perimeter were meant to keep enslaved laborers from escaping into the desert.
This was not the first archaeological discovery relating to the King David’s era. In fact, in May 2014, an Israeli archaeologist claimed that the legendary citadel captured by King David in his conquest of Jerusalem has been found.