The Philistine Cemetery at Ashkelon:funerary remains and mortuary practice


During the 2013-6 seasons, an extramural cemetery was discovered at the coastal site of Ashkelon in Israel. Dated almost entirely to the Iron IIA period, more than 200 sets of remains were exposed and excavated, providing for the first time a secure and sizeable number of burials from which to generate an understanding of Philistine burial practices and mortuary ritual. The majority of bodies were found in primary inhumation with various depositional practices observed, among them simple pit, individuals covered with sherds, and cist burials, with both sexes represented and a dearth of infants. In this paper, we discuss the cemetery, the ceramic assemblage, and objects of personal adornment in order to help to shed light on these remains and the funerary practices that accompanied them in death. We then provide a short sketch of comparative material in order to situate the findings at Ashkelon within the southern Levant and the wider eastern Mediterranean world.

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The Philistine Cemetery at Ashkelon:funerary remains and mortuary practice. Janling Fu, Sherry Fox, Rachel Kalisher, Kathryn Marklein, Adam Aja. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429948)

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Geographic Keywords
West Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17089