Original story: 7/10/16
An archaeological dig in Israel has uncovered a Philistine graveyard containing almost 150 bodies. The bodies were found with sophisticated items and in burial chambers. DNA was found on some of the bodies and allows for examination of the origins of the Philistines. During biblical times, David fought and defeated Goliath who was a Philistine. So far, the archaeologists have not discovered proof that the Philistines were giants; all the skeletal remains are normal-sized. Source: Daily Mail: Cemetery discovered in Israeli city could help solve biblical mystery
Update: 9/01/16: More details
The remains of over 200 people have been found in the graveyard. They were found with jewelry, perfumes, and weapons. Philistines were considered the arch enemies of Israel and settled in present day territories in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip. Source: Underground Science: Proof of Goliath’s people? A discovery that will change history
Update: 12/21/16: Contents revealed
Earlier this year it was reported that the first-ever Philistine cemetery was discovered on the Israeli coast near Ashkelon. The discovery has also drawn criticism with some experts not associated with the excavation questioning the identity of the people buried at the cemetery.
The cemetery near Ashkelon, an area long associated with the ancient non-Semitic people, was discovered below a huge overburden of soil just outside ofthe settlement’s walls.
Being buried beneath massive layers of soil is, in Aja’s opinion, part of the reason Philistine cemeteries have remained undiscovered for so long.
While the total size of the burial ground is unknown, the excavated areameasures 65 x 98 feet and holds the remains of 227 Philistines, according toAja.
For a small area it has a very high burial density, with two buried individuals perten square feet.
“I was impressed by the variety of burial types,” Aja said.
“It is uncertain what constrained our cemetery, forcing such an overuse of each square meter of soil,” Aja said.
“It was never clear whether the cemetery was circumscribed so that all burials were forced into a particular plot or whether the burials were clustered around some feature in the landscape. In either case, if this measured density was extrapolated across just the excavated areas, the number of burials would top 1200 persons.” Source: Fox News: Contents of first discovered Philistine cemetery revealed