Facing Philistines: The Discovery of an Iron Age Cemetery


Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 6:00pm


Northwest Building, B103, 52 Oxford St.

Photo of Adam J. Aja discovering a philistine cemetery

Adam J. Aja, Assistant Curator of Collections, Harvard Semitic Museum; Assistant Director, Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon; Chief Stratigrapher, Tel Shimron Excavations

Archaeological excavations at Philistine settlements have revealed myriad details about the daily life of an Iron Age people, perhaps best known for being the archenemy of the Israelites. Excavators had failed, however, to identify any formal burial grounds at these sites, keeping the Philistines shrouded in myth—until now. Adam Aja will discuss the recent discovery of the first–known Philistine cemetery on the southern coast of Israel and how it is helping scientists to research and better understand Philistine origins and culture.

Free parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.
Free and open to the public. 
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