1500-year-old church unearthed in Israel
January 23 , 2014
Preparations for a plot of earth for new construction in Israel led to the discovery for a 1500-year-old church.
The structure dates back to the Byzantine era and is approximately 70 feet long and 40 feet wide. Its floors have impressive geometric designs and experts also found a pottery workshop, which suggests that the structure was a community hub back in the day.
"At its center, opposite the entrance to the main hall, is a twelve-row dedicatory inscription in Greek containing the names Mary and Jesus, and the name of the person who funded the mosaic's construction," the Israel Antiquities Authority said. The authorities plan on removing the main mosaic for display in the future.