BAR 23:02, Mar/Apr 1997
Nascent Palestinian Authority tackles a new dig
The port of ancient Gaza has been found. A joint Palestinian-French expedition is conducting the first scientific archaeological excavation since the Palestinian Authority took charge of the city. They have found remains of the port in at least two sites along the shoreline.
Today Gaza evokes images of poverty. But in ancient times it was an important and thriving urban center from at least the time of the Philistines. It was one of the members of the Philistine pentapolis. A bare 10 miles north of Gaza, an American team has been excavating another member of the Philistine pentapolis, Ashkelon, which is in Israel. The potential of Gaza is as great. Its treasures have barely been touched.