Great Christian church discovered in Israel
Artifacts discovered in a 1,500 year-old monastery and the church were discovered during the large-scale excavations in Beit Shemesh, Israel.
Teen volunteers in Israel to help archaeologists discover the incredible remains of a Byzantine monastery and church.
Impressive mosaic floors have been found at the site in Beit Shemesh near Jerusalem. More than 1,000 young people participate in the excavations, carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
“We were surprised by the beautiful state of conservation of the ancient remains, and the richness of the finds will be discovered,” said Benyamin Storchan, director of excavations for the Israel Antiquities Authority, in a statement. “The artifacts found in the large building, which seems to be a monastic compound, may indicate that the site was important and perhaps a centre for ancient pilgrims in the judean Shephelah region.”
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The excavation has already revealed, a marble column base decorated with crosses and marble window screens. “The marble artifacts were brought from the region of Turkey and further inland by the wagon,” said Storchan.
In one of the rooms, researchers have discovered a stunning mosaic floor decorated with birds, leaves and pomegranates.
The monastery was abandoned in the 7th century A. D. for reasons unknown.
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Experts say that only a small part of the monastery has been uncovered.
The monastery and the church are the latest in a series of fascinating archaeological finds in Israel. Archaeologists, for example, has recently launched a drone to search for a mysterious ancient structure in the heart of an Israeli military training area.
In the past month, there are new facts dated Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Tomb from the Roman period, matching historical records.
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Archeologists also recently discovered a beautiful 1500 year old Christian mosaic in the ancient Mediterranean coastal city of Ashdod-Yam, which is now part of the modern city of Ashdod.
Other finds include the skeleton of a pregnant woman, dating back 3200 years, in Israel’s Timna Valley, a place once known as “King Solomon’s Mines.
In October, archaeologists in Jerusalem announced that they have discovered a new section of the Western Wall, which has been hidden for 1700 years.
Some experts also believe they have the lost Roman city of Julias, formerly the village of Bethsaida, which was the home of Jesus’ apostles, Peter, Andrew and Philip.
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