In The Wake Of The Sea Peoples, In The Footsteps Of Goliath: Excavating The Philistine Site Of Tell Es-Safi/Gath

Grant number: DP1093713 | Funding period: 2010 - 2014

Completed

Abstract

This project brings Australian research into the current scholarly debates on Philistine identity, a quickly growing sub-discipline in Mediterranean archaeology. Marginalized in the Bible as decadent, current research sees the Philistines as a cosmopolitan culture resulting from migration from Cyprus and the Aegean, and interaction with the local Canaanite population. In addition, Australian collaboration and interaction with Israeli colleagues and students will contribute to a more positive perception of the Jewish community in Australia, which has been the recent target of anti-Semitic activities as a result of the Israeli government's invasion of Gaza.

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