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This pillared building is often presumed to have been a storehouse, similar constructions have been found elsewhere, and the use was highly debated the first supposition being that they were stables for Solomon's cavalry. Later evidence, and perhaps more emotionally than rationally their being often dated to the Omride period rather than Solomon's day, led to the presumption thagt they served as "Government Storehouses". However, this is still contested, perhaps one day other remains (e.g. of storage vessels, of chariot parts) will be found associated with them which will decide the issue.
This example was found, attached to the large house, in stratum VIII, so dates from the Omride dynasty (probably either the reign of Omri or his son Ahab).
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