1,500-year-old Christian church unearthed near Tel Aviv

Construction work for a new neighborhood at Moshav Aluma, 30 miles south of Tel Aviv, has unearthed the foundations of a 6th century Byzantine church. The remains of the basilica and its artifacts discovered include "a cistern, a pottery workshop, cooking implements, oil lamps and central halls with a pair of side aisles divided by marble pillars."

Among the discoveries was a colorful mosaic floor "with geometric designs and Greek inscriptions that indicate the presence of a flourishing Christian community." “The church probably served as a center of Christian worship for neighboring communities,” Daniel Varga of the antiquities authority told the sci-news.com website.