Archaeologists uncover gate to Goliath’s hometown

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A group of archaeologists uncovered the entrance gate to the Biblical city of Gath, which was once home to the giant Goliath.

Gath was the largest metropolis in the area until the king of Damascus destroyed it in 830 BCE, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The gate is mentioned in the Bible in the story of David’s escape from King Saul to the king of Gath.

In addition to the gate, the team also unearthed a fortification wall, a temple, an iron production facility and what the Jerusalem Post is calling the earliest “decipherable” Philistine inscription ever found.

“We knew that Philistine Gath in the 10th to ninth century [B.C.] was a large city, perhaps the largest in the land at that time,” Professor Aren Maeir told Live Science. “These monumental fortifications stress how large and mighty this city was.”

According to Live Science, the team was digging trenches to look for the fortification walls when they found the gate.

Only the top of the structure is visible at this point.

Maeir told Live Science it may take them several seasons to fully uncover the gate because it is so large.