Unearthed Philistine artifact mentions name 'Goliath'

(Jerusalem-AP) Nov. 10, 2005 - Archaeologists digging at the purported biblical home of Goliath have unearthed a shard of pottery bearing an inscription of the Philistine's name, a find they say lends credence to the Bible's tale of David's battle with the giant.

While the discovery is not definitive evidence of Goliath's existence, the director of the excavation says it does support the Bible's depiction of life at the time the battle was supposed to have occurred.

The shard dates back to around 950 BC, within 70 years of when biblical chronology asserts David killed Goliath with a slingshot.

Professor Aren Maeir says the discovery of what's thought to be the location of the Philistine city of Gath shows that the biblical tale "reflects the cultural reality of the time."

Posted 10:18pm by Chantelle Janelle