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Excavating the Philistine city of Gath

Archaeologists have been working in the ancient city of Gath, unearthing details about the Bible’s bad guys – the Philistines.

Close to three millennia ago, Gath was on the frontier between the Philistines, who occupied the Mediterranean coastal plain, and the Israelites, who controlled the inland hills. The city’s most famous resident, according to the Book of Samuel, was Goliath — the giant warrior improbably felled by the young shepherd David and his sling.

The Philistines “are the ultimate other, almost, in the biblical story,” said Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University, the archaeologist in charge of the excavation.

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Story: Matti Friedman, AP | Photo: AP

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