Byzantine floor may have graced church in Jerusalem

The discovery of a simple mosaic floor beneath Temple Mount's Aksa Mosque has led archaeologists to speculate that the Mosque may have superceded a Byzantine church, but other experts disagree.

Period reports by pilgrims to the holy site say that the area was deserted when the Mosque was built, but some archaeologists believe that the newly-discovered floor may be the remains of a Byzantine church. Dr. Rina Talgam, a mosaic expert at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, disagrees. "The simple mosaic pictured does not give us a hint that it was certainly part of a church but it very well could have been part of a hostel or some other nondescript structure," she said.