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500-Year-Old Fisherman House and Wealth of Artifacts Discovered in Historic City of Ashkelon

Thursday, September 22, 2016 20:09
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500-Year-Old Fisherman House and Wealth of Artifacts Discovered in Historic City of Ashkelon

A building used by fishermen in the Ottoman period, which contained fishing weights and fishhooks, was exposed in an archaeological excavation conducted in Ashkelon

Excavations in the coastal city of Ashdod, have uncovered buildings that were once used by local inhabitants that were engaged in fishing along the Mediterranean coast during the Ottoman period (16th-20th century C.E.) 

Ashdod was an important coastal city on the Mediterranean coast of Palestine, during the Ottoman period. Numerous buildings from the port of Ashdod, including a large fort built in stone masonry have been exposed during previous excavations of the Mediterranean hub.

Now archaeologist excavating in the seaside port have uncovered two fisherman’s houses and a lookout tower, possible a lighthouse, all-dating to the Ottoman era.

Young people who worked on the archaeological excavation.

Young people who worked on the archaeological excavation. Photographic credit: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

The tower was situated on a lofty hilltop, and it looks out over the beach and Mediterranean Sea. From the tower one could signal and direct ships that were sailing between the ancient ports in Ashkelon and Ashdod-Yam the archaeologists involved said in an IAA press release.

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