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Volunteers and archaeologists work at the excavation site in Tel el-Safi, Israel, where they have unearthed the remains of an ancient metropolis. The city of Gath, where this year's digging season began this week, is helping scholars paint a more nuanced portrait of the Philistines, who appear in the biblical story as the perennial enemies of the Israelites.

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Volunteers and archaeologists work at the excavation site in Tel el-Safi, Israel, where they have unearthed the remains of an ancient metropolis. The city of Gath, where this year's digging season began this week, is helping scholars paint a more nuanced portrait of the Philistines, who appear in the biblical story as the perennial enemies of the Israelites.

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