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Evidence That Biblical Philistines Originated As Migrant “Sea People” From Europ

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« on: February 25, 2014, 03:27:34 am »



(PHOTO CAPTION: Jordan Valley Image Credit: Fischer Archaeology)

The site’s height and position provide control of both the eastern, north-south running, main road through the Jordan Valley, and the road along the Wadi Yabis to the eastern highlands. The former rulers of the different cities were maybe claiming tribute from passing caravans. Dr. Fischer notes that on clear day the Tell Abu al-Kharaz vantage point provides a panoramic view from the summit of the site: the hills of Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Beth Shan, the eastern Yizreel Valley, the Samarian hillocks and the area north of Tell es-Saidiyeh in the central valley can be surveyed. Just below Tell Abu al-Kharaz lies Tell al-Maqbarah, an artificial mound which Dr. Fischer says once very likely was occupied by farmers depending on the protection provided by the fortified Tell Abu al-Kharaz during war times.

Remarkably well-preserved stone structures have been exposed during the excavations. The finds include defensive walls, buildings and thousands of complete objects produced locally or imported from south-east Europe. “What surprises me the most is that we have found so many objects from far away. This shows that people were very mobile already thousands of years ago,” says Dr. Fischer.

The scientists have made several exceptional finds in the last three years, especially during excavation of the building from 1100 B.C. where containers still filled with various seeds were found. There are also finds from Middle Egypt that were exported to Tell Abu al-Kharaz as early as 3100 B.C.
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