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Dates Boost Conventional Wisdom About Solomon's Splendor

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Science  11 Apr 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5617, pp. 229-231
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5617.229a

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By carbon-dating grain and olive pits from an excavation in northern Israel, archaeologists say they have pinpointed a layer from the time of King Solomon. The discovery, reported on page 315, may settle politically charged arguments about when ancient Israel emerged as a sophisticated state.