Friday, March 25, 2016

Mosiac discovered in ancient Gush Etzion church

ARCHAEOLOGY: Ancient Byzantine Church Uncovered in Gush Etzion (Michael Bachner, Breaking Israel News).
A colorful mosaic and various archaeological artifacts have been recently unearthed at the site of a large, uniquely structured Byzantine basilica in Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem.

The discovery was made at the Khirbet Bureikut archaeological site in Migdal Oz, where the Byzantine church was originally discovered in 1977, and indicates that the inhabitants there were very wealthy. The newly discovered mosaic indicates that the church was originally built in the fourth century, according to Hananya Hizmi, Head Staff Officer of Archaeology of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria.

The region of Gush Etzion has been mentioned recently in PaleoJudaica posts here and here.