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Ages-old cemetery found in Israel untangles mystery of the Philistines — the Biblical people who produced Goliath

By Ninichlas St. Fleur – the New York Times

July 11, 2016

Note from Pastor Kevin:  For hundreds of years, the archeologist’s spades have been making discoveries consistent with  what the Bible told them they would find and where they would find it; one of the many reasons the Bible is such a trustworthy historical document (as compared to the fictional book of Mormon, were zero archeological discoveries are consistent with the  writings of the false prophet, Joseph Smith).

Menahem Kahana / AFP / Getty ImagesA skeleton discovered at the excavation site of the first Philistine cemetery ever found, near the coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon. With the excavation unearthing a Philistine cemetery for the first time, bones of the biblical giant Goliath’s people can finally shed new light on mysteries of their culture.

After more than 30 years of excavating the remains of a Philistine city, a team of archaeologists says it believes it has found a cemetery belonging to the ancient people on the outskirts of Ashkelon in Israel.

The team has unearthed skeletons and artifacts that it suspects had rested for more than 3,000 years in the cemetery, potentially offering clues to the Philistines’ lifestyle and perhaps providing some answers to the mysteries of where the Philistines came from. Much has remained unknown about their origins.

“When we found this cemetery right next to a Philistine city, we knew we had it,” said Daniel Master, an archaeologist from Wheaton College in Illinois. “We have the first Philistine cemetery that’s ever been

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