The Philistines – villains in the Bible thought to have little culture or class – may have gotten a bad rap. The discovery of a Philistine cemetery on the southern coast of Israel shows them buried with jewelry and scented oils, The Independent reported. The cemetery was discovered outside the ancient walls of Ashkelon, a major Philistine city between the 12th and 7th centuries B.C.

It is the first of its kind in archaeological investigation in the region, National Geographic reported. More than 100 years of research has revealed the location of the five major cities of the Philisines, but most of what has been found is pots, not people. Until this find, only …READ MORE