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Searching for a King – Episode 1 *

Inscription in the round conference room of the Rockefeller Museum Israel Antiquities Authority, which appears in the dialogue by Plato. The Inscription is set by the Rockefeller Museum architect during the construction of the building. Photo: Hanay

Where is the evidence for the United Kingdom of Israel? The Bible comes to life as Jeremy Dehut and Barry Britnell talk with archaeologist Scott Stripling about his excavation of the ancient city of Shiloh. Go inside the expansive warehouse of the Israel Antiquities Authority and explore the crusader ruins of the Philistine city of Ashdod. Soar above the landscape on an aerial tour showing why the nation of Israel was continuously locked in conflict and war with their rivals by the sea.


Shiloh was an ancient city in Samaria mentioned in the Bible. It has been positively identified with modern Khirbet Seilun, a tell or archaeological mound, called Tel Shiloh. It is located in the West Bank, to the west of the modern Israeli settlement town of Shilo.

The Byzantine Basilica in Shiloh, with excavations to the right. Photo: Yair Aronshtam

Israel Antiquities Authority Warehouse

The Israel Antiquities Authority is in charge of the country’s antiquities and antiquity sites, their excavation, preservation, conservation, study and publication thereof, as well as the country’s antiquity treasures.

Israel Antiquities Authority storage room Photo: IAA

Philistine city of Ashdod

The first documented urban settlement at Ashdod dates to the Canaanite culture of the 17th century BCE. Ashdod is mentioned 13 times in the Bible and was settled by Philistines, Israelites, Greek colonists, Romans and Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, and Ottoman Turks.

A beautifully preserved citadel (called the Metzuda) is located on the popular “Metzuda Beach”.

Aerial view of Minat al-Qal’a Photo: Kobi Refaeli This is a photo of a place that is recognized as a heritage site by The Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites in Israel.

A visit to the Museum of Philistine Culture is a family adventure.

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