130422_find(reposted from ISRAEL TODAY) Israel’s Makor Rishon Hebrew daily reported at the weekend that a major biblical archeology find in the Judean hills south of Jerusalem is apparently being covered up by the government.  Note that in 1 Chronicles, Chapter 11, it tells of when the “castle” (i.e., stronghold) of Jerusalem was captured and used by King David as his headquarters:

{11:1} Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron,
saying, Behold, we [are] thy bone and thy flesh.

{11:2} And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou [wast] he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.

{11:3} Therefore came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD by Samuel.

{11:4} And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which [is] Jebus;
where the Jebusites [were,] the inhabitants of the land.

{11:5} And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which [is] the city of David.

{11:6} And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first
shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up,
and was chief.

{11:7} And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David.

{11:8} And he built the city round about, even from Millo round about: and Joab repaired the rest of the city (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millo for explanation on Millo)

{11:9} So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts [was] with him.

Following is the reported story:

Last week, a member of the Kfar Etzion Field School in the Eztion Bloc of Jewish communities stumbled across an ancient ornate pillar as he descended into a cave in the Judean hills.

The pillar and its attached capital clearly belonged to a royal structure, and local archaeologists said it certainly dated back to the times of the Judean kings, if not David himself.

The undisturbed nature of the find suggested that a large part of the ancient palace was probably buried intact beneath where the pillar was found.

“We appear to have a complete castle here,” Kfar Etzion Field School Director Yaron Rosental told the newspaper. “Those who lived here after it did not know of its existence and thus, instead of using its stones to build a new building as was the usual practice, left it intact.”

But, when Rosental contacted Israel’s Antiquities Authority, he was harshly rebuffed and told to “keep [his] mouth shut” about the find.

The Antiquities Authority later confirmed to Makor Rishon that the find exists, and had actually been first discovered last year, but that present political sensitivities prevent archaeologist from exploring the site at this time.

It was pointed out that the find is located in territory claimed by the Palestinian Authority. Uncovering a major and even unprecedented archaeological site that solidifies the ancient Jewish presence in and control of these lands could upset the peace process.