Road Builders Unearth Byzantine Community

International Herald Tribune: Excavation for a new interchange on Israel's coastal highway has led to the discovery of a 5-6th century Byzantine Christian community. It's not unusual to find artifacts in Israel, but a recent find brought earthmovers to a halt when they uncovered the ruins of an early Christian Byzantine community. The site, near Netanya, has yielded the limestone foundations of either a church or a convent, which included well-preserved mosaic floors, a baptismal font, and a crypt. Nearby were storage buildings.

Researchers hope to get a better picture of what life was like for the people who lived in the area. And, for now, the interchange is on hold.

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