Regarding Goliath's Hometown

Archaeologists Uncover Goliath's Hometown
Arutz Sheva [Israel], 07/13/10

An ongoing archaeological excavation in Tel Tzafit continues to unearth
the ruins of what was once the city of Gat รข€“ described in the Bible as
the hometown of Goliath. Professor Aren Maeir, who is directing the dig,
spoke to Arutz Sheva's Hebrew-language news service to discuss the
latest finds. Recent finds from the Tel Tzafit excavation are
"fascinating," Maeir said. The site, inhabited at times by Canaanites
and at other times by Philistines, has remnants from many periods of
history. "We are focusing on the Canaanite period, the Philistine
period, and the Israelite period, and for now we're primarily in the
Philistine period," he said. One of the most interesting finds was a
piece of writing containing, among other things, Philistine names, some
of which were similar to the name "Goliath." "We've found a rich variety
of artifacts" showing that Gat was a major city at that time, he
continued. "We are now discovering remnants from metal craft and bronze,
and from the destruction of the city at the hands of King Chazel of Aram
as described in the second books of Kings."

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