Diggers will begin their first ever excavation at Kiryat Yearim.
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The site where the Ark of the Covenant was known to have been stored in Israel for two decades is about to be excavated for the very first time.
Plans are underway to explore the depths of Kiryat Yearim this summer, which is mentioned in the Bible over a dozen times. The town is just outside of Jerusalem and was inhabited during the period of King David. The Book of Samuel tells us that the Ark of the Covenant was kept there for at least two decades, after being returned to the Israelites by the Philistines.
The Bible describes the ark as a “gold-covered wooden chest” that containing that two stone tablets that bear the Ten Commandments. Other biblical texts say the ark also hold Aaron’s rod and a pot of manna.
King David ultimately brought the ark back to Solomon’s Temple in his capital of Jerusalem. It is believed to have remained there since Babylonians destroyed the city and the temple 587 years before the Common Era.