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Photos: Skeletal Remains of Possible Philistines Unearthed

Ancient people

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(Image credit: Copyright Tsafrir Abayov/Leon Levy Expedition)

Archaeologists working at the ancient city of Ashkelon, in Israel, have discovered a cemetery that dates back around 3,000 years. They believe that many of the people buried there are Philistines – an ancient people known from the Hebrew Bible.

This photo shows a skull from one of the individuals buried in the cemetery.

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Large and unpublished

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The cemetery is vast, and its discoverers have yet to publish their findings in a scientific journal. In a press release, the archaeologists said that many of the people were buried in pits.

Young and old

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This photo shows the burial of a child at the Ashkelon cemetery. Two pots are seen beside the child.

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Modern tech reveals ancient secrets

possible philistine remains

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To determine the age of the cemetery, scientists used radiocarbon dating and also analyzed the pots that were buried in the cemetery. Archaeologists found that the cemetery was in use between the late 11th century B.C. and early eighth century B.C. Two large pots were found beside this individual.

Strange finds

possible philistine remains

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One of the skeletons was found buried with a juglet stuck to its skull.

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Preserving the past

possible philistine remains

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After careful excavation, an archaeologist was able to remove the juglet from the skull and display it here.

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