Byzantine bathhouse excavation continues during rocket attacks

Archaeologists are working amidst rocket-fire to complete the excavation of a Byzantine village, complete with a large bathhouse, near Gaza in Israel. Because of the existence and size of the luxury bathhouse, experts believe that the area was inhabited by wealthy residents.

Recently, the area has been affected by Kassam rocket fire serving Operation Cast Lead. Gregory Serai, director of the excavation, said that workers have taken shelter in the site during rocket attacks. “Now that we have areas within the site that are sufficiently deep, we use them for protection – but back then, the Byzantines didn’t have Kassams,” Sergai laughed in irony.