1,500-Year-Old Church Uncovered In Israel
AP/The Huffington Post | MATTI FRIEDMAN First
Posted: 02- 2-11 10:14 AM | Updated: 02- 3-11 09:25 AM
HIRBET MADRAS, Israel Israeli archaeologists
presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church
in the Judean hills on Wednesday, including an
unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images
of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks.
The Byzantine church located southwest of
Jerusalem, excavated over the last two months,
will be visible only for another week before
archaeologists cover it again with soil for its own protection.
The small basilica with an exquisitely decorated
floor was active between the fifth and seventh
centuries A.D., said the dig's leader, Amir Ganor
of the Israel Antiquities Authority. He said the
floor was "one of the most beautiful mosaics to
be uncovered in Israel in recent years."