Discovery of Philistine Cemetery May Solve Biblical Mystery
The discovery of a large cemetery outside the walls of ancient Ashkelon, a major city of the Philistines between the 12th and 7th centuries B.C., is the first of its kind in the history of archaeological investigation in the region.
While more than a century of scholarship has identified the five major cities of the Philistines and artifacts distinctive to their culture, only a handful of burials have been tentatively identified.
Simply put, archaeologists have found plenty of pots, but very few people....
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman wrote: .... This timing is in accord with estimates of the Philistines‚Äô arrival to the coast of the Levant, based on archaeological and textual records,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúNot only do we have radio-carbon dating that demonstrates the antiquity of the samples, but we also have stratigraphic evidence,‚ÄĚ Masters said. ‚ÄúThese samples come from carefully-excavated contexts, connected to artifacts that can be precisely dated.‚ÄĚ
archaeologists uncovered the first Philistine cemetery. From those graves, researchers successfully recovered genomic data from the remains of 10 individuals who lived in Ashkelon during the Bronze and Iron ages. This data allowed the team to compare the DNA of the Bronze and Iron Age people of Ashkelon to determine how they were related. The researchers found that individuals across all time periods derived most of their ancestry from the local Levantine gene pool, but that individuals who lived in early Iron Age Ashkelon had a European-derived ancestral component that was not present in their Bronze Age predecessors.....
--"Archaeology shows Philistines, enemy of Israelites, came from Europe"
The story itself, I don't think any Christian would find a problem with, comments to it, and possible links to other articles perhaps, So, it's a highly interesting article and something tolerable from the NGS.