July 12, 2019
Dr. Daniel Master’s recently published research proves that the ancient Philistines were immigrants to the Ashkelon region in the 12th century B.C.
The biblical Philistines were immigrants from Europe.
That’s according to the research of Wheaton College Archaeology Professor Dr. Daniel Master and a team of others, who excavated sites in Ashkelon, Israel for three decades, ultimately completing DNA testing on the skeletons of infants buried in the region to come to this conclusion.
“We’ve been able to demonstrate for the first time that the Philistines were immigrants to the region of Philistia and that they immigrated in the 12th century B.C.,” Dr. Master said.
Dr. Master’s research was published in Science Advances. The research comes out of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, where Dr. Master serves as the director.