(MSNBC) An archaeological dig near Goliath’s biblical hometown has yielded evidence of Judean religious practices 3,000 years ago, pointing up fresh historical connections to the stories of King David and King Solomon.

“We have a city with a population relating to the Kingdom of Judah,” Yosef Garfinkel, an archaeologist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told me today. “This is totally different from Philistine, Canaanite or the cult in the Kingdom of Israel.”

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