This is episode three of our series on the Philistines! In this episode Dr. Aren Maeir walks us through what DNA can tell us about the Philistines and how these scientific studies change what we know about them.
What does DNA tell us on the origins of the Philistines?
What does it tell us about their diet?
What does our diet tell us about them and their neighbors like the Israelites?
And we also discuss the trials and tribulations of searching for and excavating Philistine cemeteries.
The Philistines were an ancient people who lived on the south coast of Canaan from the 12th century BC until 604 BC, when they were exiled to Mesopotamia by King Nebuchadnezzar II. They are known for their biblical conflict with the Israelite's. Though the primary source of information about the Philistines is the Hebrew Bible, they are first attested to in reliefs at the Temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, in which they are called Peleset (accepted as cognate with Hebrew Peleshet); the parallel Assyrian term is Palastu, Pilišti, or Pilistu.
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