Looters unearth Byzantine church in Jordan

In most cases, looters are detrimental to archaeological sites, but recently in Jerash, Jordan, the criminals began the process that led to the discovery of a 6th century Byzantine church with an amazing mosaic floor.

The looters, in fact, came to the archaeologists to report their discovery. “Underneath about a metre of soil, the mosaic floor of Kanisat Qirmerl was almost perfectly preserved,” Jacques Seigne, director of the French Archaeological Mission at Jerash. The Department of Antiquities (DoA), under the leadership of its Jerash director, Rafe Harahshah, has completed a 45-day project to unearth the site and stabilize it for future study.