DNA Reveals the Origins of the Ancient Philistines

By Trista
DNA Reveals the Origins of the Ancient Philistines

The ancient people referred to as the Philistines have long been an enigma. Not much is known about them beyond biblical stories. However, archaeogeneticist Michal Feldman and her colleagues were able to discover something never before known about the infamous people. New DNA evidence is emerging that is helping scientists and historians trace their origins and find out who exactly these people were.

In fact, 10 skeletons that were buried at the ancient Philistine port city called Ashkelon, which is located in Israel. Three of skeletons were identified to be from the Late Bronze Age, which was around 3,600 years ago. Four of the remains were from infants of the Iron Age as well as the other three from a later period during the Iron Age. Keep reading to learn how this connection links the modern populations of the eastern Mediterranean to their ancient roots.

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