Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Sixth-century church (monastery?) excavated near Mount Tabor

ARCHAEOLOGY: Large 6th century church compound uncovered near site of Jesus’ transfiguration. Israel Antiquities Authority salvage excavations ahead of construction of playground in Galilee village of Kfar Kama reveals hitherto unknown possible monastery (Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel).

The IAA press release refers to it as a "1300-year old church." But it sounds as though it is a little older than that. According to Prof. Moti Aviam, one of the excavators, it was built in the 500s and abandoned in the 600s.

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