Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
“… This has bearings on the date in which social complexity evolved in Judah, on the debate regarding the historicity of the kingdom of David and Solomon, and it also provides the earliest date for the use of ashlar stones in Judah. Finally, the long life of the “governor’s residency” exemplifies a little addressed phenomenon—the old-house effect—in which buildings and settlements existed for a few centuries, but only left significant remains from their last phase. The earlier phases are hardly represented in the finds, barely studied, and rarely published. We suggest that the old-house effect influences archaeological interpretations world-wide, and is also responsible for recent attempts to down-date social complexity in Judah.”
I cannot believe this got published and that anyone could take the author’s argument seriously. Essentially he’s saying that because there was a house, there must have been a King, and if there was a King, it doesn’t matter if his name was David or Solomon – it’s sufficient proof the Kingdom of David existed. Depressing. Even more depressing is the religionists are already out peddling the story. El Pais, of all newspapers, had an article about it today. Doubly depressing.