THE LAST STAND OF THE MINIMALISTS? The imposing Judahite fortress of Khirbet Qeiyafa, which has been securely dated by pottery and radiocarbon analysis to the early tenth century B.C.E. and the reign of King David, may well be the cemetery of Biblical minimalism. Faced with a date for Qeiyafa that confirms the traditional high chronology, the minimalists now desperately argue that Qeiyafa, located less than 10 miles from Tell es-Safi, was a Philistine fort tied to the kingdom of Gath, not a border fortress of the early Judahite state. But the archaeology says otherwise. No pig bones have been found at the site, and Qeiyafa’s fortifications and material culture have much more in common with sites in Judah than those in Philistia.