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Philistine cemetery found in Israel

A 3,000-year-old Philistine cemetery has been excavated at the site of Ashekelon in southern Israel. “Ninety-nine percent of the chapters and articles written about Philistine burial customs should be revised or ignored now that we have the first and only Philistine cemetery,” says Lawrence E. Stager, Dorot Professor of the Archaeology

Philistines introduced sycamore, cumin and opium into Israel

New findings have revealed that the Philistines had a major impact on the floral biodiversity of Israel. Recent studies have shown that alien species have had a substantial impact not only in recent times but also in antiquity. This is exemplified in a study published in the August 25th issue of

Monumental gate found at Philistine city

A monumental entrance has been found at the site of a Philistine city thought to be Gath, the home of the Biblical giant Goliath. Prof. Maeir, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, said that the city gate is among the largest ever found in Israel

Israel’s wild boars descended from Philistine-imported pigs

Genetic analysis carried out on Israel’s wild boars has revealed that the animals are descended from domesticated pigs that were imported by the Philistines 3,000 years ago. Pig bones have been found in abundance at Philistine archaeological sites along Israel's southern coastal plane dating from the beginning of the Iron Age,

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