It would be too good to be true, of course, but rumors have it that a military outpost recently excavated near
may have been destroyed by Alexander the Great. Gaza
The news as announced in the Jewish Press is rather confusing as they talk about a Persian military site including a fortified town and a military tower dating from about 100-0 BC – far too late to tie it to Alexander. The tower with a partially surviving staircase, was built of limestone and mud bricks. Inside the warehouses, archaeologists discovered intact pottery and utensils, as well as jars for the storage of wine and oil.
Fact is that the military outpost was abandoned in a hurry, and that its occupants left everything behind. The place definitely was burnt down as archeologists found a layer of ashes.
Beside its military function, it is believed that the fort housed people who worked on the road connecting Ashkelon to