There are many theories as to who they were. The wiki page has nine hypotheses.

What is the most widely accepted theory on who the ancient Sea Peoples were?

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    Sorry, but if you are linking to wikipedia in your question, which has information on them, what are you trying to get here in addition? Theory is nice but it's pretty broad. – MichaelF Nov 2 '11 at 11:55
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    The question states quite clearly I want to know the most widely accepted theory – YUASK Nov 2 '11 at 13:03
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    It's just linking to a wikipedia article and asking something off it without much detail here, that doesn't really add much to our site. I'd expect more detail here on the question. Just to note I didn't downvote, I just asked about the question. – MichaelF Nov 2 '11 at 15:08
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    I think it's a valid question. Though Wikipedia lists allot of information, its Non-POV position means that it weights all possible theories evenly, even though some are less well supported than others. It's quite right to ask if any of the six theories is more likely than the others. – Rincewind42 Nov 2 '11 at 15:19
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    Wikipedia also has a habit of portraying fringe theories as equally valid, even when they have been dismissed by serious researchers. – Canageek Nov 2 '11 at 20:53

The sea peoples are in Egyptian sources referred to as "foreign people of the sea". It is in other words a name they use for any sea-faring foreigners that attack Egypt. Some of the sources list the names of these sea peoples, making it clear that it is not one people that is meant.

The theories mentioned on Wikipedia may therefore all be correct at the same time.

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