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This articleexamines major changes in Philistia during the Iron Age II. The four excavated cities of Philistia, which include Tel Miqne-Ekron, Ashdod, Ashkelon and Tell es-Safi/Gath, show variable characteristics in the different sub-periods of the Iron II. The article suggests that the ‘urban imposition’ suggested for Philistia during the Iron I may be more evident during the Iron II A in the sites of Ashdod and Gath. This may indicate that the influence of external powers such as the Aramaeans during the ninth and the Assyrians during eighth century BCE. on the urbanisation of Philistia and the southern Levant was crucial.
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