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DNA reveals European roots of the ancient Philistines

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Science  05 Jul 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6448, pp. 17
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6448.17

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In the Bible, the Philistines were much maligned. They were the archenemies of the Israelites, who fought Samson's armies and sent Goliath into battle against David. "Philistine" is still a slur for an uncivilized barbarian. Now an international team of geneticists and archaeologists has found a new way to understand the Philistines. By analyzing DNA from 12th century B.C.E burials in the Philistines's renowned city of Ashkelon, Israel, researchers have found that they were interlopers in the ancient Middle East. Their closest known kin were from ancient Sardinia, Greece, or Spain, the team reports this week in Science Advances.

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