The historical King Solomon may be linked to a mysterious trove of shark teeth discovered in Jerusalem.
SCIENTISTS investigating Jerusalem’s old City of David were astonished to find a cache of prehistoric shark teeth – and no one knows how they got there.
The shark teeth are thought to be 80 million years old and could have belonged to King Solomon in the Bible. The discovery will be presented on July 6 at the annual Goldschmidt Conference, which will be hosted online this year due to Covid. The shark teeth were discovered over 50 miles (80 kilometers) from where such fossils would normally be found, according to Dr. Thomas Tuetken of the University of Mainz in Germany.
“These fossils have been transferred since they are not in their original setting,” Dr Tuetken explained.
“They were most likely valuable to someone; we just don’t know why, or why comparable objects have been discovered in multiple locations throughout Israel.”
According to one theory, the shark teeth may have been part of King Solomon’s collection (990 to 931 BC).
Solomon is thought to have ruled the United Kingdom of Israel between 970 and 931 BC, while there is no consensus on whether he was a myth or a genuine figure.
The shark teeth have been dated to the reigns of Rehoboam, Abija, Assa, and Jehoshaphat, Solomon’s immediate descendants.
The trove was discovered buried among materials used to fill the basement of a massive Iron-Age house in the City of David.
The City of David, which is now located in the Palestinian hamlet of Silwan, is an archaeological site that is thought to be the original center of Bronze Age Jerusalem and is undoubtedly one of the city’s oldest sections.
The shark teeth were discovered alongside a collection of fish bones, which had been thrown 2,900 years ago.
The teeth were discovered amid pottery and bullae, which are clay seals used to formally seal messages and containers.
At first glance, the shark teeth appeared to be from the same time period as the other artefacts, but this was not the case.
Instead, the teeth belonged to a Late Cretaceous shark species that has been extinct for at least 66 million years, at the same period as the dinosaurs.
Several species of the Squalicorax genus were among them.
Sharks from this prehistoric predatory family developed to be two to five meters long. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”