Can royal architecture prove biblical Judah was a kingdom?
Some 3,000 years ago, buildings in the Kingdom of Judah presented decorations and features that characterized royal architecture in the region between the 10th and the sixth centuries BCE, such as recessed doors, rectangular roof beams and volute capitals.
Recessed doors, ashlar stone masonries, volute (proto-Aeolic) capitals, window balustrades and decorated bases from the period have been found in structures in the Levant and beyond, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologists Madeleine Mumcuoglu and Yosef Garfinkel wrote in a recent paper published in the new journal Jerusalem Journal of Archaeology.
In three out of six cases, the examples found in sites in Judah are the earliest ever uncovered.
From an article in the Jerusalem Post
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