Today, while going thru some of the special finds from 2007, we noticed that a very interesting find had been discovered in Area F, but had gone unnoticed until now. What we found is a part of an Aegean-style torch, which is well-known from the Late Helladic Aegean (and Cyprus), but as of yet, has only been reported very rarely in the Levant – one example from Ugarit and one example from early Iron Age Beth Shean. As Assaf Yasur-Landau wrote in his book on the Philistine migration, this can be considered an item that is typical of non-Levantine behaviour patterns appearing in the Levant with the arrival on the “western” peoples that arrived at this time.
And BTW – this, to the best of my knowledge, the first example of this type from Philistia.
Here’s a picture of Shira Kisos holding the torch