It is reportedly the oldest Philistine inscription ever found. While some scholars have contended that the story of David and Goliath is a myth, the new find lends historical credence to the Bible's tale of David's battle with the giant.
The director of the excavation, Dr. Aren Maeir, is quoted as saying that while the discovery is not definitive evidence of Goliath's existence, it does support the Bible's depiction of life at the time the battle was supposed to have occurred.
"What this means is that at the time there were people there named Goliath," said Maeir. "It shows us that David and Goliath's story reflects the cultural reality of the time."