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(Ascalon) is a port city about 20 km north-northeast of Gaza; since the 2nd millennium bce its area has encompassed over 60 hectares, according to text witnesses spanning four millennia. Settled since the 4th millennium bce, it is cited first in the execration texts of the 19th and 18th century bce as “*'i/asqaluna” (“trading place” or similar). From the Middle Bronze Age fortifications and cult relics (bonze statuette of a young steer), among other things, have been found. In the Late Bronze Age Ashkelon probably was not fortified. According to the El-Amarna letters (Ama…

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Uehlinger, Christoph, “Ashkelon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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