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Archaeologists dig up fabrics dating back to kings David and Solomon

The excavation of a metallurigical workshop at Site 34, Central Timna Valley Project. Photo courtesy of ,courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
The excavation of a metallurigical workshop at Site 34, Central Timna Valley Project. Photo courtesy of ,courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli archaeologists have discovered fragments of “remarkably preserved” 3,000-year-old fabrics, leather and seeds dating to the era of the biblical kings David and Solomon.

This is the first discovery of textiles dating from the 10th century B.C. “and therefore provides the first physical evidence” of what residents of the Holy Land wore, said Erez Ben-Yosef, the lead archaeologist with the Tel Aviv University excavation team that did the dig.

The excavation, carried out in southern Israel at the ancient copper mines of Timna — believed by many to be the site of King Solomon’s mines — took place in late January and February.

The textiles, just 5-by-5 centimeters in size, are the remnants of clothing, tents, ropes, cords and bags. They were preserved thanks to Timna’s extremely dry conditions, the archaeologist said.

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