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In this photo taken Wednesday, July 6, 2011, Professor Aren Maeir from Bar Ilan University, director of the Tel el-Safi Archaeological Project, at the excavation site in Tel el-Safi, southern Israel. At the remains of an ancient metropolis in southern Israel, archaeologists are piecing together the history of a people remembered chiefly as the bad guys of the Hebrew Bible. 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. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The city of Gath

The city of Gath, an ancient metropolis in southern Israel.