Oil and Wine Press : Byzantine period artifacts discovered in Ella Valley Dig

Photographic credit: Assaf Peretz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Travelujah - October 2014 The Israel Antiquities Authority a Byzantine era compound in Ramat Bet Shemesh containing an oil press, wine press and mosaics. According to Irina Zilberbod, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority, "This was very likely a monastery". Remarkable finds, including blocked cisterns, a cave opening and the tops of several walls were visible on ...

BYZANTINE MONASTERY DISCOVERED IN ISRAEL

24/9/14 Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of a Byzantine-era compound near Jerusalem. They believed it is to have once been a monastery and includes an oil press, wine press and mosaics. An archaeological survey conducted on foot along the hills south of the town of Bet Shemesh brought to light remarkable finds. During the survey ...

Jerusalem Tomb Reveals First Archaeological Evidence of Christianity from the Time of Jesus

28/3/2012 The archaeological examination by robotic camera of an intact first century tomb in Jerusalem has revealed a set of limestone Jewish ossuaries or “bone boxes” that are engraved with a rare Greek inscription and a unique iconographic image that the scholars involved identify as distinctly Christian. The four-line Greek inscription on one ossuary refers to God ...

More on Discoveries at Horbat Midras in Israel

An aerial view of the remains of the Byzantine-era church (A. Ganor et al / the Israel Antiquities Authority)

2/3/2012 A team of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority has published a report on results of excavation works conducted in 2010-2011 on the slopes of the Judaean hills at Horbat Midras, including a groundbreaking discovery of a Byzantine-era church. About a year ago the archaeologists announced that they unearthed a church which they believe is a ...

Byzantine-Era Bread Stamp Discovery in Akko Sheds Light on Jewish Life

Anient bread stamp with menorah caving Courtesy: Israel Antiquities Authority

20/1/2012 A small ceramic stamp used to mark bakery produce may not seem like a significant archeological find, but Israeli archeologists are rather excited by such a discovery made near the northern coastal town of Akko. In previous eras, Akko was known as Acre, and was a major Christian stronghold in the Holy Land. That is ...

Byzantine-Era Bread Stamp Discovery in Akko Sheds Light on Jewish Life

Excavation site near Acre; courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority Anient bread stamp with menorah caving Courtesy: Israel Antiquities Authority 11/1/2012 A small ceramic stamp used to mark bakery produce may not seem like a significant archeological find, but Israeli archeologists are rather excited by such a discovery made near the northern coastal town of Akko. In previous eras, Akko ...

Byzantine church discovered near Jerusalem may be burial place of prophet Zechariah

2/2/2011 Archaeologists yesterday presented an ancient church they have discovered outside Jerusalem that may contain the burial place of the biblical prophet Zechariah. The Byzantine church in the Judaean hills has an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor depicting lions, foxes, fish and peacocks. It will be visible only for another week before it is covered again with soil for ...