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Byzantine Monastery with Colorful Mosaics Unearthed in Israel
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery and church, complete with a colorful mosaic floor, have been unearthed in Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that the Byzantine monastery (the complex where the church was located) was uncovered during salvage excavations taking place ahead of construction in Beit Shemesh, a city west of Jerusalem. "During the excavation, we uncovered before our eyes the remains of walls built of large worked stone masonry and a number of architectural elements, including a marble pillar base decorated with crosses and marble window screens," Benyamin Storchan, director of the excavations, said in a statement. read more
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