A new article just appeared, in which I discuss how, in my opinion, the biblical traditions about giants from Gath and among the Philistines in general, developed.
The article is:
Maeir, A. M. 2020. Memories, Myths and Megalithics: Reconsidering the Giants of Gath. Journal of Biblical Literature 139(4): 675–90. https://doi.org/10.15699/jbl.1394.2020.3
Here’s the abstract:
In this article I suggest that the biblical narratives on giants (such as Goliath) deriving from Philistine Gath, and related stories, may very likely have originated from the impressive Iron Age megalithic architecture from Tell es-Safi/Gath, which was visible, on the surface, long after the destruction of Gath. These impressive remains perhaps served as a factor in the creation of the biblical myths of peoples of large size originating in Gath.
I guess this explains, why, despite being asked about this continuously (more like again, and again, and again…) for the last 25 years, we haven’t found any evidence of a large-sized population at the site…:-)