Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority Official Channel
A Byzantine monastery was discovered during construction in Ramat Beit Shemesh outside Jerusalem. Among the findings were mosaic floors decorated with birds and pomegranates, stone walls, bases of marble pillars decorated with crosses, a bronze cross and ceramic oil lamps. The finds from the next excavation were much more massive in comparison.
In the ancient city of Doliche, a Greek city near Gaziantep in the south of Turkey, over 1,000 clay seals were discovered. They dated to 1,800 years ago, during the time of the Roman Empire. Jupiter Dolichenus, a god in a new Roman Empire-era cult, was depicted on many of the seals shaking hands with the emperor. Since these seals were for official documents they show they importance of his worship in this part of the world. Unfortunately, it was a cult whose secrets were only divulged to its members and thus details have proven hard to come by in the historical record. A larger structure was being unearthed along with a number of mosaics as well. Some of the rooms in the structure were believed to be baths which could expand upon the history of the area. The find was made by archaeologists from the University of Münster. From seals we’re going to move onto churches, but specifically a very old church.
One of the oldest churches in Anatolia could have been discovered recently. An excavation in the province of Karabük, a Turkish province near the Black Sea in the west, has found the remains of a 1,500 structure which they think is a church. The excavation was in an ancient city called Hadrianopolis or Hadrianopolis in Paphlagonia. The city was a famous pilgrimage site, attracting Christians to the city for centuries. A bull mosaic was also discovered on the site. The people of Warwick, England were also surprised by their finds.
A new Roman villa was discovered along Banbury Road in Warwick, England. It was found while excavations were underway to build a new school. The building was made from local sandstone and contained ovens for drying cereals which is a good clue for the estate being an agricultural estate. The best part is that the school intends to incorporate the ruins into the new school curriculum, perhaps one day inspiring a child to go into archaeology.
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