Ancient History

Where Did the Philistines Come From?

This nearly 4-foot-tall, two-horned altar from the site of Tell es-Safi (Gath of the Philistines) suggests the origins of the Philistines are to be sought in the Aegean world. Photo: Courtesy Aren Maeir/The Tell Es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project.

The excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath, the site of Gath of the Philistines mentioned in the Bible (e.g., 1 Samuel 6:17), have produced many fascinating finds,* and the summer of 2011 was no [...]
Sat, Sep 22, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures
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This BAR feature hopes to introduce you to a new—yet old—kind of cooking. If you have ever wanted to eat like an ancient person, whether Babylonian, Roman, or Syrian, now you can. We've tracked down ancient recipes and tried to recreate them using modern ingredients, so that you, too, can enjoy these dishes. Join us on a gastronomical adventure!


Photo: Kirsten Holman/Evergreen Visions.

Tah'u Stew

Eat like an ancient Babylonian with this [...]

Tue, Sep 04, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

Carbonized raisins from Iron Age I (12th to 11th centuries B.C.) Shiloh were published by Israel Finkelstein in BAR in 1986.

Seeds and fruit remains are exciting discoveries for archaeologists. Not only do they provide clues about ancient agriculture and diets, they can also provide radiocarbon data to help date buried strata.

Fruit also plays an important role in the Biblical narrative. If Eve had not eaten the fruit in Genesis 3, the [...]

Mon, Sep 03, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures
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This Bible History Daily post is excerpted with permission from Mark Wilson's Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor (Istanbul: Ege Yayınları, 2010), pp. 42–44. —Ed.


The site of Carchemish sits at the modern Turkey-Syria border. Photo: Mark Wilson.

Carchemish (Karkamış or Kargamış) was an important Hittite fortress and provincial capital located on the west bank of the Euphrates River. After the Hittite Empire fell in the [...]
Sun, Sep 02, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures
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These burial urns (ossuaries) from Peqi'in Cave in Israel are evidence of ancient migration in the Levant, researchers say. Scale bar: 10 cm. Photo Mariana Salzberger, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Around 6,500 years ago, humans migrated from modern-day Turkey and the Zagros mountains of Iran to Israel's Upper Galilee region, helping to introduce cultural changes in the southern Levant during the Late Chalcolithic period. So says a [...]
Fri, Aug 31, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

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