Carl Andrews, Leon Levy Expedition

Terracotta figurines, originally 4–5 inches in height, were uncovered from the rubble of Ashkelon’s destruction. Although the excavators do not yet know the name of the deity shown, a silver plaque of the Syrian goddess Ishtar/Ashtarte, the “Queen of Heaven,” has been found at Ekron; the goddess Asherah is attested on seventh-century ostraca from Ekron as well.