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Byzantine mosaic found in Israel

A Byzantine mosaic floor has been found at the ancient city of Ashdod-Yam in Israel. The first evidence of a Georgian Christian presence on the shores of the Holy Land was uncovered during August excavations in the ancient city of Ashdod-Yam. Dating to the Byzantine period, a Greek inscription was found

1,400-year-old coins found in Byzantine ruins

A hoard of 1,400-year-old coins has been found in the ruins of a building in a Byzantine-era town in Israel. As a Persian army supported by a horde of Jewish rebels marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christians inhabiting a town on the main route inland to the city hid a

Bacteria found preserved in Byzantine-era skeleton

Researchers have identified a case of maternal sepsis in a skeleton unearthed near the site of Troy. As archaeologists excavating a cemetery near Troy, the fabled city from Homer's Iliad, carefully removed the skeleton of a woman buried eight centuries ago, they noticed two chalk-like strawberry-sized nodules near her ribs. The unusual

Byzantine-era stable excavated in Israel

A 1,500-year-old stable has been found in a cave in the Negev Desert. According to a statement from the IAA, the Byzantine-era stable in the Avdat national park was discovered within a cave, which was split into several rooms. Paintings of crosses were found on the walls of the cave, apparently

Byzantine wine presses found in Israel

Wine presses dating back 1,500 years have been unearthed in Southern Israel. In the course of preparations for the construction of a new residential neighborhood in the town of Netivot in the Negev, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted a salvage excavation of the site. Youths from Netivot and Ashkelon were encouraged

1,500-year-old Byzantine mosaic restored

A 1,500-year-old mosaic depicting ancient street scenes which was removed for conservation from the floor of a Byzantine church has been returned for display in Israel. According to archaeologists Sa‘ar Ganor and Dr. Rina Avner of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “The appearance of buildings on mosaic floors is a rare phenomenon

Byzantine church found in Israel

The remains of a large Byzantine-era church has been found during highway construction in Israel. The 16-meter-long (52 feet) church building has a side chapel 6.5 meters long and 3.5 meters wide, with a floor tiled in white mosaic. A baptismal font shaped like a four-leaf clover, symbolizing the cross, is located

Byzantine monastery found in Israel

The remains of a walled compound which may have been used as a monastery has been found west of Jerusalem. Zilberbod said that although they found no unequivocal evidence of religious worship -- such as a church or an inscription -- the compound holds typical features of Byzantine monasteries. "The impressive construction