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Researchers make 'first discovery' of Philistine cemetery

#1  Postby DougC » Jul 10, 2016 5:24 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36759340

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Researchers in Israel have made what they say is the first discovery of a Philistine cemetery.
The discovery, made in 2013 and finally revealed on Sunday, may yield answers to an enduring mystery surrounding the origins of the Philistines.
It comes at the end of a 30-year excavation by the Leon Levy Expedition.

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Expedition leaders say they discovered 145 sets of remains in several burial rooms, some surrounded by perfume, food, jewellery and weapons.
The remains date to between the 11th and the 8th centuries BC.
"After decades of studying what Philistines left behind, we have finally come face to face with the people," said Daniel M Master, one of the leaders of the excavation.
"With this discovery we are close to unlocking the secrets of their origins."

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#2  Postby laklak » Jul 10, 2016 5:56 pm

See, they found Philistines!

This means the whole Bible is absolutely true.
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#3  Postby jamest » Jul 15, 2016 9:03 pm

Must resist making head on a platter jokes.
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#4  Postby Alan B » Jul 16, 2016 6:14 pm

What an excellent set of teeth. Not what I would expect from a skull about 3000 years old.
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#5  Postby igorfrankensteen » Jul 16, 2016 6:30 pm

Dying young tends to allow for better teeth. Also the fact that most dead people consume fewer sugary foods than the living do.

I am very much looking forward to what they learn from this discovery. For thousands of years, especially here in the still Eurocentric Western world, certain peoples have only been described from the point of view of their enemies.

The Philistines especially. Since we don't know who they really were, we might well have been reading writings by them, and not known it.

For a very long time, it was commonly thought that the Romans were the primary brilliant civilizing force in Europe. Not because they actually were all that, but because they left more monuments, AND they wrote the histories we had available to read from. The so-called "barbarians" of the world, left us only their bones and pottery, and it took thousands of years before archaeology began to both be respected enough, and to cease to be under the primary control of those who had an invested interested in maintaining the Greco-Roman myths, that we finally began to learn that there were real civilizations in full existence before the Romans rolled over them.
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#6  Postby jamest » Jul 16, 2016 8:33 pm

Alan B wrote:What an excellent set of teeth. Not what I would expect from a skull about 3000 years old.

Why not? He's had nothing to eat...
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