Archaeologists Make Major Biblical Discovery

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July 13, 2016 1:41pm PST

Archaeologists just found something in Israel that proves many sections of the Old Testament are real.

The U.K. Telegraph reported that the first Philistine cemetery was discovered after more than three decades of exploring. Anyone who has read portions of the Bible knows that the Philistines were one of Israel’s greatest enemies.

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According to Conservative Tribune, the cemetery was actually discovered in 2013, but it was kept secret until excavation was complete due to fears of interference by ultra-orthodox Jews, who would have vehemently strongly opposed the exhumation of the ancient corpses for religious reasons.

“After decades of studying what Philistines left behind, we have finally come face to face with the people themselves,” declared Daniel Master, Wheaton College professor of archaeology and a leader of the dig. “With this discovery we are close to unlocking the secrets of their origins.”

The cemetery was found near the coastal city of Askelon in Israel, just north of the Gaza strip and southwest of Jerusalem, the historical capitol of Israel.

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The Philistines were the dominant force in the eastern Mediterranean around the 12th century B.C., and there are many stories about them in the Bible, the most famous of which being the tale of David and Goliath.

Though the term “Philistine” has come to mean a person who is “hostile or indifferent to culture or the arts,” the excavation has refuted this, as many pieces of jewelry and finery, such as bracelets, earrings and perfumed oils, were found accompanying the buried bodies.

“The Philistines have had some bad press — and this will dispel a lot of myths,” explained Lawrence Stager, an archaeologist who has led expedition in Ashkelon since 1985. “The cosmopolitan life here is so much more elegant and worldly and connected with other parts of the eastern Mediterranean.”

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The cemetery was discovered about 10 feet beneath the surface of the ground on a site that later became a vineyard during the reign of the Roman Empire. Archaeologists estimate between 150 and 200 bodies were interred in the Philistine cemetery.

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