Do you know where Goliath’s grave is?
According to a recent CNN report, archaeologists in Jerusalem have discovered a 3,000-year-old Philistine cemetery that they believe to be home to one of the Bible’s most famous ‘bad guys’. And, yes, they believe they found Goliath buried there.
The coveted burial ground which has taken about 30 years to study, provides hope for historians and archaeologists alike. Allegedly research can provide important details about the Philistines and their culture.
Of course, top on the list of ‘best known’ residents is the giant Goliath. He supposedly challenged a young David to battle near the Valley of Elah; their story is recorded in biblical books of Samuel.
About the Burial Site
The graveyard is located in Ashkelon, southern Israel has already offered researches valuable information about the culture’s shelter and food. Bodies buried with their own storage jugs and bowls, and skeletons wearing bracelets or carrying weapons can fill in some of the burial custom gaps. And, of course, those customs shed light on the cultural beliefs they held about life and death.
Unearthed cremation pits and multi-chambered tombs are also adding details to the bigger picture. Valuable DNA testing could help determine where the Philistines came from. Some suspect they came by sea from ancient Crete.
Interestingly, Ashkelon is known as one of the five cities of the Philistines. The others are: Gaza, Ashdod, Ekron, and Gath. At one time it was a major Mediterranean port. Considered a popular spot for maritime trade, it flourished until the Crusades. It was destroyed.
Hopefully the discovery of Goliath’s Grave will help to reconstruct the story of this complex and accomplished culture.