Riddle of the Ages Solved: Where Did the Philistines Come From? – Julia Fridman/Haaretz, Archaeology
Anomalous discoveries in southern Turkey now explained: The Philistine ‘Sea Peoples’ didn’t invade Kunulua, they lived there.
As civilization collapsed 3,200 years ago, the Sea People – of whom the Philistines were but one – arose, seemingly sweeping away all that stood before them. Now we know where they came from, and it’s not what scholars thought.
Back then, the mighty Hittite kingdom spanned much of the territory known today as Turkey and Syria. Then, as the Late Bronze Age graduated into the Iron Age I, around 1177 BCE, the entire civilization of the Mediterranean and the Near East collapsed – and the “Sea Peoples,” including the Philistines, ascended.