Middleeast

First ever Philistine cemetery discovered

Published 7:58 AM ET, Mon July 11, 2016
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Archaeologists have unearthed the first Philistine cemetery ever found, at Ashkelon in southern Israel. Tsafrir Abayov/Leon Levy Expedition
The burial ground offers clues to the ancient civilization that was home to Goliath, one of the Bible's most famous villains. Tsafrir Abayov/Leon Levy Expedition
"This cemetery is going to teach us a whole lot about the Philistines that we've never known before," said Daniel Master, professor of archaeology at Wheaton College. Tsafrir Abayov/Leon Levy Expedition
Some of the skeletons found at the site were buried with jugs, storage jars and bowls. Others wore jewelry or had weapons in their grave. Tsafrir Abayov/Leon Levy Expedition
The cemetery also had evidence of cremations, pit internments, and multi-chambered tombs. Tsafrir Abayov/Leon Levy Expedition
Bone samples from the site will be tested to try and find out where the Philistines came from -- passages in the Bible suggest they originated in ancient Crete. Tsafrir Abayov/Leon Levy Expedition