Goliath of Gath


In 2005 the Diggings Tour was thrilled to find 18 ostraca in their excavations, the first time we had ever found written material. Unfortunately the words were not of earth-shattering importance: each of those ostraca was nothing more than a receipt!

It was very different for the excavators of Tel es-Safi, the newly identified site of ancient Gath. I don't know how many ostraca they found, but one in particular shot straight into the headlines - watch the film to find out why.