The Israeli media is reporting (see for example here) on the analyses conducted on vessels from the Philistine cultic favissa found in Yavneh, with particular focus on the drugs with psychoactive properties that were identified in the organic residue analyses of some of the vessels.
Although this is hardly fresh news (this appeared in the excavated report which we mentioned quite a while ago), it nevertheless is an interesting tidbit – which clearly catches the medias’ and the public’s attention.
As far as the title of the article (“Sex, drugs, and Philistines”) goes – I can only promise the latter of the three this season at Tell es-Safi/Gath… :-)
P.S. But it would be nice to find a cultic favissa at Gath…