“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Ashkelon Southern District Historical Markers

History of Ashqelon Marker image, Touch for more information
By Dale K. Benington, April 3, 2019
History of Ashqelon Marker
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — History of Ashqelon
Ashqelon is a coastal city, located on the Via Maris. Its plentiful water sources and fertile soil account for its prominence throughout the ages. Its name, Ashqelon, derived from the term Sheqel, a weight-measure, attests to its role as a trade sea . . . — Map (db m132462) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — Remains of the Muslim City
Before you are remains of the moat and the wall that enclosed the Muslim city. In 1153 CE, the Crusaders conquered Ashqelon from the Muslims. In 1187 the Muslims, led by Saladin, drove the Crusaders out of the city, destroyed it and blocked up the . . . — Map (db m132466) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — Tel Ashqelon - the Canaanite City
The Middle Bronze period, Ashqelon was a prominent port town, founded ca. 1950 BCE, with a population of roughly 15,000. Its inhabitants farmed for a living and exported their agricultural produce - wine, olive oil, wheat, sheep and cattle - to . . . — Map (db m132496) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — The Canaanite City Gate
This is the most ancient arched gate in the world. It consists of an arched corridor with arched openings on both ends. The gate was constructed in approximately 1850 BCE as part of the city’s fortification system, and is built mostly of mud bricks . . . — Map (db m132499) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — The Canaanite Fortifications of Ashqelon
The Canaanite city was established in approximately 1950 BCE and some 15,000 people lived here. The 600-dunam city was fortified by a wall and a moat about 100 years after it was established, in defense against the Egyptian threat. The wall stood . . . — Map (db m132494) HM
Israel, Southern District, Ashkelon — The Sanctuary of the Silver Calf
Before you are the remains of a sanctuary constructed within the stone glacis near the road leading from the beach to the city. The silver-coated bronze statuette of a calf was discovered inside a shrine-shaped pottery vessel in a storeroom of . . . — Map (db m132497) HM

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