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Ashkelon: Seaport of the Philistines

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Published on Aug 7, 2012

Sunday at the Met lecture by Lawrence E. Stager, Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, and director and curator, Semitic Museum, Harvard University, May 20, 2012.

Explore the origins, daily life, religion, and language of the Philistines, a cosmopolitan people who occupied the great Mediterranean seaport of Ashkelon for nearly 600 years, until its destruction and their exile by the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar in 604 b.c. In twenty-five seasons of excavations, the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon has uncovered much new evidence about the mysterious Philistines, including a rare example of one of the ancient marketplaces that linked land routes from the southeast to a web of international Mediterranean merchants.

This Sunday at the Met is made possible by the Helen Diller Family.

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