Where did the Philistines come from?

Miss Jones

The archaeological past of Israel's Ashkelon has been explored for 30 years. Ashkelon was one of the centers of the Philistines known from the Bible. In a way, they are the bad boys of biblical history. But who were they really? Archaeologists have long noticed that the way of life and objects used by the Philistines are very different from those used by the Canaanites living in the area. So the assumption arose that the Philistines preserved the descendants of the Sea Peoples who lived in the 12th century BC. BC settled here under the protection of the Egyptian pharaohs.

Child burial from Ashkelon, in a Phitos. A custom that was widespread in the Iberian region during the Bronze Age.

Yesterday the Max Planck Institute for the History of Human History published current studies that show that this assumption could be true. DNA research confirms that the Philistines have genetic traits that come from the Aegean region, Sardinia and the Iberian region. The earliest burials found in Ashkelon that bear these genetic traits are around 3500 years old. So they date to the period of the Bronze Age, in which some complex cultures collapse and sometimes suddenly disappear both in the Sardinian region, as well as in the Aegean region, as well as on the Iberian Peninsula. The reasons for this were natural disasters and massive exploitation of nature that ultimately deprived them of their livelihood. the subsequent sea migration and the piracy associated with it has been documented many times, but basically it was refugees. The result of the current DNA examinations can be seen as an indication that the Philistines were the descendants of these people.

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Where did the Philistines come from?

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