Biblical Archaeology Review 27:6, November/December 2001

Excavating Philistine Gath: Have We Found Goliath’s Hometown?

By Aren M. MaeirCarl S. Ehrlich

Three of the five cities of the famous Philistine Pentapolis have long been known—Ashkelon, Ashdod and Gaza. A fourth, Ekron, has recently been confirmed by an inscription, locating it at modern Tel Miqne. Gath, the fifth, remains somewhat of a mystery. We believe we have found it—at Tell es-Safi, where we have been digging now for four years.

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