Archaeologists Uncover Byzantine Era Monastery in Israel


Israel’s growing construction sites have uncovered some ancient treasures in unlikely places.

“We started digging here and we didn’t know what we are going find,” excavation director Amit Shadman told CBN News. “But after three months we exposed a pretty nice and large monastery.”

The Byzantine church is paved with a colorful mosaic, but Shadman says the most important find is the Greek inscription at the entrance.

Up to 30 monks would have lived at the compound. Shadman believes they were also farmers.

Sometimes archaeologists must move the antiquities and they often rebury them. But this ancient monastery and farmstead are slated to become part of a park.

 

JULIE STAHL, CBN NEWS

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