Airport expansion in Iraq uncovers 1,700-year-old church
Published on August 9th, 2012 | by Admin0
A hundred meters (yards) or so from taxiing airliners, Iraqi archaeologist Ali al-Fatli is showing a visitor around the delicately carved remains of a church that may date back some 1,700 years to early Christianity.
The church, a monastery and other surrounding ruins have emerged from the sand over the past five years with the expansion of the airport serving the city of Najaf, and have excited scholars who think this may be Hira, a legendary Arab Christian center.
Story: Kay Johnson, AP | Photo: Wikimedia Commons