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145021,500-Year-Old Church Uncovered In Israel

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Feb 3, 2011
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      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."