Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Byzantine-era monastery uncovered in Beit-Shemesh

ARCHAEOLOGY: ARTIFACTS FROM 1,500-YEAR-OLD MONASTERY AND CHURCH UNEARTHED IN BEIT SHEMESH. Well-preserved Byzantine-era colored mosaic floors and imported marble antiquities discovered (Daniel K. Eisenbud, Jerusalem Post).
With a little help from over 1,000 teenaged volunteers, archeologists recently unearthed the well-preserved remains of a 1,500-year-old Byzantine-era monastery and church in Beit Shemesh decorated with colorful mosaic tiles and imported marble antiquities.

Three years ago I noted an article on this excavation here. At the time the excavators had tentatively identified the site as a monastery, but the evidence was not yet conclusive. Now the identification seems to be secure. At the time there was not yet any sign of a church, but that appears now to have been uncovered too.

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