The apsidal Philistine structure from Ashdod. This curved apsidal structure was found in stratum XII (mid-12th century B.C.) along with impressive quantities of Philistine pottery, jewelry, metal objects and ivory. One discovery from this area is a stamp seal bearing signs related to the Cypro-Minoan script. The local cult centered around the worship of a female deity, familiarly referred to by modern archaeologists as “Ashdoda.” A representation of “Ashdoda” was discovered nearby.