British marine archaeologist claims to find evidence of King Solomon’s maritime empire
A British marine archaeologist says he found evidence for the existence of the biblical King Solomon – and that he was indeed the wealthy and powerful monarch described in the Bible, claiming he built a maritime empire through a alliance with the ancient Phoenicians.
While there is controversial evidence for the existence of a royal “House of David” in the Land of Israel, and conclusive evidence from later biblical kings such as Omri, no direct evidence from Solomon or his reign is ‘has yet been discovered.
As a result, archaeologists and historians began to believe that Solomon was either an outright myth or a minor tribal leader who ruled only a small area around Jerusalem, rather than the vast kingdom described by the Bible.
Now archaeologist Dr. Sean Kingsley disputes this consensus, arguing that the Bible’s picture of Solomon is largely accurate.
April 29, 2021 8:38 PM
He reached this point of view by adopting an alternative method of inquiry. Rather than looking for evidence of Solomon in Israel itself, he investigated the Mediterranean basin to find evidence of the empire that the Bible says Solomon built in alliance with the Phoenician king Hiram.
“I spread a very wide net,” Kingsley told the Observer. “This kind of maritime study has never been done before.”
“For 100 years, archaeologists have scanned the sacred soils of Jerusalem, the most excavated city in the world,” he said. “Nothing definitive matches the book of epic tales of Kings and Chronicles about Solomon’s palace and temple.”
However, he said, “by exploring the traces of ports, warehouses, industries and shipwrecks, new evidence jostles the search for truth.”
Kingsley argues that evidence from across the Mediterranean reveals the existence of a ‘Phoenician coast’, with many sites involved in mining and trade, including Rio Tinto in Spain, where there is a site described. in older maps like “Solomon’s Hill” or “Solomon’s Castle. An early 16th century account says it was a site where gold and silver were mined on behalf of Solomon.
Kingsley says isotope analysis showed that the silver reserves discovered in Israel came from Spain.
Other evidence such as weights and pottery in nearby Huelva, Spain show a connection to Phenicia and the land of Israel. Kingsley believes that Huelva is therefore the biblical capital of Tarshish, a source of precious metals for Solomon.
“What happened in the south of Spain is undeniable,” Kingsley said. “The Phoenician signature finds, richly scattered from Rio Tinto to Malaga, leave no doubt that ships from the Near East traveled to what must have appeared on the other side of the moon in 900 BC.
“When I spotted in ancient accounts the name of the hill where the money was mined in Rio Tinto – Salomon’s Hill – I was amazed,” he said. “Biblical history, archeology and myth have merged to reveal the long sought after land of Tarshish celebrated in the Old Testament.”