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The saved up to now ruins of  Early Arabian period VI-XI centuries in the southern part of Ashdod. Perhaps, it is all that can speak about the greatness of the civilisation having existed here in former times. The remnants of more old time are known only in excavations

Archeological excavations in the National park in Ashkelon have revealed the constructions of I century BC - VI century AD. In the middle - the remains of columns of the times of Herod (I century BC - I century AD), overlapped by more late constructions. On the right - the ruins of byzantian church Santa Maria Viridis of V century

The inner interior of the Museum in Ashdod. On the left - reconstruction of the appearance of Philistines. Their intravital portraits and remnants in entombments of Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gaza and other cities it was not saved and it is possible to judge about their appearance only by the bas-relief in Luxor on which the scene of fight of Egyptian army with "the sea people" is imaged. They are pictured on it by tall men with prolate heads and straight noses projecting from under forehead. In the middle - the unique museum stand speaking about Dagon. On the right - Philistinian eathern  figures of the end of II-I millenary BC. There is an opinion that Philistines, Amoraims and other inhabitants of Canaan before their seizure by Israelites were engaged in sorcery and black magic

On the left - the most well-known exposure of the Museum - "Ashdoda" or "Ashdodina" - the eathern seat or chair, made in the form of a human figure. In the middle - the picture on which culmination of the scene of victory of David over Philistinian athlete Goliath is imaged. According to the Old Testament sources, Goliath had a giant constitution. Probably, he was one of Enakims about which the Bible writes: "does not remain any of Enakim in land of sons Israelite; remained only... in Asot". The word "enakim" in the Bible is sometimes translated as  a "giant"

On the left and on the right - two sides of the Phoenician coin with the images of Derketo ( Draw attention on fishs in her hands and small horns on her head. In the middle - a reverse of the coin of Demeter III with the image of Derketo from Askalon (

Artemis - many-breasted Diana Ephesum. From the left to the right - the Archaeological museum in Ephes in Turkey, the Capitolian museum in Rome and the fountain of Villa de Este in Tivoli

From the left to the right: the image of Dagon from an Old engraving (, the Roman goddess Selena who, according to many explorers, was identical to Artemis and Diana Ephesum. The engraving by Franko Shauve of XVII century

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