Plant, fruit analysis from Goliath’s biblical city sheds light on Philistine rituals

The mysterious culture of the Philistines that flourished during the Iron Age (1200-604 BCE) profoundly affected the southern Levant’s cultural history, agronomy, and dietary customs. More than a quarter century of excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath in central Israel, identified as the biblical Gath of the Philistines and the home of Goliath, has provided a […]

Radiocarbon dating proves biblical accounts of the Israeli city of Gezer

For scholars seeking to reconstruct the Bronze and Iron Age history of the southern Levant and explore the interplay between text and Gezer became a major fortified Canaanite city-state in the first half of the 2nd millennium BCE that was later destroyed by fire and rebuilt.  The importance of this intriguing site was due […]