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Old 14th March 2018, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by dna View Post
Yes, there must be many factors to connect some skeleton to a specific culture. That can be seen easily seen when comparing burials of Ancient Egypt with say Egtved Girl or Ítzi that are roughly the same age. The Egyptian mummies, thanks to many markers, are often not only precisely dated, but also associated to a specific social class, etc. Egtved Girl and Ítzi were found in a total cultural vacuum, and thus were just assigned to a time period.

I have to admit that archeology used to be a little bit unscientific by modern standards. Some archeological museums were clearly started by artifacts ripped out from their environment by what Hollywood glorifies today as treasure hunters.

Modern archeology would not only use radiocarbon dating for human remains, but would also try to assign each layer above and below to a date or a material culture or some culture. The best would be to have both date and the culture for each layer. And that is why there are specializations like Archeology of Someplace.

I have no idea what is/was specifically being used to qualify a skeleton, as a Philistine skeleton. Surely time and place are good starting points, but usually I read that a type of burial or artifacts found with a skeleton matched some culture, so the remains were assigned to it.

Mr. W.
The Ashkelon Philistines had distinctive artifacts and burial arrangements. Unfortunately the project director recently passed away. I presume the project is still continuing.
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