Administrative center or flourishing city? Kenyon’s excavations yielded, among other significant finds, this elegant proto-Aeolic capital, 4 feet long and 2 feet wide. The massive and intricately carved capital—which Kenyon dated to the tenth century B.C.E. and which Shiloh subsequently dated to the ninth—probably crowned an important building in its day. Steiner has interpreted the capital, as well as the other architectural remains Kenyon found, as evidence of Jerusalem’s public buildings in the tenth-ninth century B.C.E. But because no contemporaneous domestic structures have been discovered, Steiner believes that Jerusalem, in the age of David and Solomon, was a mere administrative center, and not the glorious city depicted in the Bible