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King Saul’s Citadel Found by Professor in Palestine Soil

Saul’s ci tadel, the fortress of the first Israelite King, has been excavated in Palesine by Dr. Willaim Foxell Albright, director of the American School of Oriental Research of Jernsalem and professor of Semitic languages at the johns Hopkins University here. It is this fortrees wich king Saul buit as aprotection against the Philistines, from whom he freed the Israelites. There too, said Dr. Allbright, did Saul’s attempted murder of David probably take place as the youth played before the King.

From the citaded and Aber in Moab, Dr. Albright brought back museum pieces and other relies of untiquity. he also excavated the Tell Bete Mirsim, site of Kirjath Sepher, a Cannanite and Israelite town, freequently mentioned in the Bible. Kirjath Sepher figures in Josua’s and All the towns were known only by Biblical references, it is said, until Dr. Albright nearthed them and proved that they actually existed.

At Aber he fornd, he caims, the remains of a pre-Israelite temple.This house of worship, Dr. Albright said, antedates the Hebrew patriots and probably was built about 2,000 B.C.

Included among the objects retrieved from ancient times are alabaster beads, jewelry, bronzes, and Arab scarabs; objects used by the Egyptians as amulets. Some of these the professor will examine during the next few months, others he has prosented to the University of Pittsburgh Philogogical Seminary.

In the past he has made many excavations in Biblical lands which have substantiated or embellished tables of the Bible. Dr. Albright was occupied with excavations for nearly eight months, having sailed for the Holy land in June.

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