Offshore find dates to King David's time
Archaeologist hopes 3,000-year-old wood is from ancient ship
Matthew Kalman, [San Francisco] Chronicle Foreign Service
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Hof Dor, Israel -- An archaeologist's dog may have discovered the first ship ever found from the period of King David and his son, Solomon, who ruled the holy land 3, 000 ago.
The remains, which have been carbon-dated to the ninth century B.C., include a huge stone anchor believed to be the largest ever unearthed. The wreckage is lying under a few inches of sand off the Mediterranean coast in shallow waters, and has yet to be examined extensively.
If the remains are indeed 3,000 years old, it would be the first archaeological artifact ever found from the era of the first kings of Israel, with the possible exception of several huge stones at the base of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The discovery was made by a dog, according to marine archaeologist Kurt Raveh.
Friday, October 29, 2004
A SHIP FROM THE UNITED MONARCHY?