The Philistines introduced different species of plants to Israel in the Iron Age

The Philistines introduced different species of plants to Israel in the Iron Age


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Recent studies have shown that invasion of many exotic flower species They have had a great impact in many countries, but that is not something current but something that has been present for many centuries, so many, that we could calmly go back to antiquity.

On August 25, the results of an investigation carried out in Israel by Professor Ehud Weiss, belonging to the Martin Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archeology, of the University of Bar-Ilan, were released.

The study talks about the philistine culture, which developed during the Iron Age between the 12th and 7th centuries BC. The research team for this study, based on this chronology, carried out a database of many of the permanent plants commonly found in archaeological excavations dating back to both the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, both Philistines of course, but they were in the southern part of Israel.

Thanks to this database, you can know that there were different cultivable species that were being introduced in this area of ​​the world. Among them the Ficus sycomorus or sycamore tree, which was very frequent in many areas of the Mediterranean basin, especially in Egypt. The Cuminum cyminum or cumin, also native to the eastern Mediterranean, and finally the Papaver somniferum or poppy, from Western Europe.

It can be known that in addition to that trip that these exotic plants made from other latitudes, Israel's Philistine community is considered the first to exploit more than 70 species found in the country Among which were the wild radish, henbane, vineyard, barrilla and purslane, species that have not been found in any archaeological site discovered anywhere else, neither from the Bronze Age nor from the Iron Age nor in places not belonging to Philistine cultures such as Israelite, Judaic, Phoenician or Canaanite among others.

The fact that three exotic plants that were introduced by the Philistines in different areas, it fits perfectly with the diverse geographical origin of this people, with which it can be said, without fear of being wrong, that the presence of the Philistines in Israel had a great impact, not only because of their own presence but also because of the large amount of things that they brought with them like biodiversity

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