Fortress of Ashdod Yam. Behind it is southern Ashdod
Fortress of Ashdod Yam. Behind it is southern Ashdod © Kobi Refaeli

The discovery of a Greek dedication to a church, or possibly a monastery, from 1,500 years ago is leading archaeologists to think they may have found the long-lost ruins of Ashdod-Yam, a Byzantine city known in the classical sources as Azotos Paralios. 

Azotos Paralios was a later expansion of the ancient Roman city of Ashdod-Yam, which had been found on the Israeli coast just a few kilometers from the even older city of Ashdod, and which has been partially excavated. The location and extent of the Byzantine expansion had remained unknown, until now.

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