Kyrkjefunn, Aluma i Israel

Denne veka har israelske arkeologar presentert eit nytt kyrkjefunn frå bysantinsk tid. Funnet er gjort i Aluma, 50 km sør for Tel Aviv.

Eg syns det er interessant å følgja med i pressemeldingane frå Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). Det er mange arkeologiske utgravingar i Israel kvart einaste år, og mange av funna kan relaterast til Bibelen eller den eldste kristne kyrkja.

Kyrkja som nå er funnen, er ca 1500 år gamal. Den er relativt stor, 22 x 12 meter. Det er gjort interessante funn av mosaikk med kristen symbolikk i kyrkjegolvet. Dei viktigaste mosaikkane vil bli stilt ut for publikum, elles vil funnet av kyrkja og staden bli dekt til igjen og bevarast for seinare generasjonar.

Live Science skriv om funnet i artikkelen: Ancient Church Mosaic With Symbol of Jesus Uncovered in Israel.

Her er eit utdrag frå IAA si pressemelding:

Discovery of a major church with a splendid mosaic from the Byzantine period

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Impressive archaeological finds including a major church some 1,500 years old with a magnificent mosaic and five inscriptions were uncovered during Israel Antiquities Authority salvage excavations, prior to the construction of a new neighborhood at Moshav Aluma in Shafir Regional Council, near Pelugot Junction.

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An impressive basilica building was discovered at the site, 22 meters long and 12 meters wide. The building consists of a central hall with two side aisles divided by marble pillars. At the front of the building is a wide open courtyard (atrium) paved with a white mosaic floor, and with a cistern. Leading off the courtyard is a rectangular transverse hall (narthex) with a fine mosaic floor decorated with colored geometric designs; at its center, opposite the entrance to the main hall, is a twelve-row dedicatory inscription in Greek containing the names Mary and Jesus, and the name of the person who funded the mosaic’s construction.

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Bysantinsk mosaikkfunn

Denne veka blir det presentert eit nytt interessant funn med bysantinsk mosaikk i Israel.

Her er eit utdrag frå pressemeldinga frå Israel Antiquities Authority:

A Spectacular 1,500 Year Old Mosiac was Exposed in the Fields of Kibbutz Bet Qama in the South of the Country (May 2013)

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The main building at the site was a large hall 12 meters long by 8.5 meters wide and its ceiling was apparently covered with roof tiles. The hall’s impressive opening and the breathtaking mosaic that adorns its floor suggest that the structure was a public building.
The well-preserved mosaic is decorated with geometric patterns and its corners are enhanced with amphorae (jars used to transport wine), a pair of peacocks, and a pair of doves pecking at grapes on a tendril. These are common designs that are known from this period; however, what makes this mosaic unique is the large number of motifs that were incorporated in one carpet.

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Archaeologists in the Antiquities Authority are still trying to determine the purpose of the impressive public building and the pools whose construction required considerable economic resources.

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During the Byzantine period Jewish and Christian settlements in the region were located next to each other. Two of the nearby Jewish settlements are Horbat Rimon, where a synagogue and ritual bath (miqwe) were exposed, and the Nahal Shoval antiquities site, recently excavated prior to the construction of the Cross-Israel Highway, where ritual baths were uncovered. Noteworthy among the Christian settlements are the churches at Abu Hof in Lahav Forest and the monastery at Givot Bar.

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(via BiblePlaces Blog)