An ongoing excavation has uncovered the massive gate to the Philistine city of Gath, best known as the home of Goliath. The Times of Israel reports:
Gath, one of the five cities of the ancient foes of the Israelites, was one of the largest cities in the region during the 10th and 9th centuries BCE. The Hebrew Bible describes Gath as the home of Goliath, the enormous warrior killed with a slingshot by the young Israelite David, who would go on to found a dynasty of kings. . . .
[The city’s] monumental gate is among the largest ever found in Israel and confirms that Gath was one of the most influential cities in the region at the time. Near the gate, [the archaeologists] also unearthed the remains of the city’s extensive fortification wall, a Philistine temple, ironwork, and pottery.
While the pottery bears hallmarks of the distinctive Philistine style, elements of Israelite techniques can be seen on the fragments as well, indicating there was more interaction between the two cultures than previously thought.