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Ancient DNA reveals the origins of the Philistines

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  • Nuclear DNA was retrieved from 10 skeletons buried in Ashkelon, an ancient port city in Israel.
  • It fits a scenario in which southern european people fled collapsing Bronze Age societies, travelling to the eastern Mediterranean coast 3,000 years ago.
  • These people would be the Philistines, know from the Old Testament for fighting with Israelites.
  • The DNA came from 3 late Bronze Age individuals buried ~3,600 years ago, 4 early Iron Age infants buried ~3,300 years ago, and 3 late Iron Agers from ~3,100 years ago.
  • Larger ancient DNA studies might help to pin-point the Philistines’ origins more precisely.

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