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The remains of a Hellenistic city have been uncovered in the Barne'a quarter of Ashkelon.

The dig has thus far revealed a number of two- and three-room mud buildings built around a common yard that contained cooking facilities, apparently dating back to the third century BCE.

A three-meter wide road connecting some of the buildings has also been unearthed.

The Antiquities Authority was called in to examine the site after bulldozers belonging to a construction company rammed into the houses while trying to build a road that would have crossed what appeared to be a hill.

Yoram Haimi, who is leading the dig, which is employing 16 local residents, said the buildings were unusually high.

He said they appeared to have been preserved due to a sandstorm that may have covered them in ancient times.