Georgian Monastery Discovered in Jerusalem
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2002-11-20 12:35
Independent Online: Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem have uncovered a 5th century Byzantine monastery linked to a group of Georgian monks. A burial chamber containing a crypt covered by a stone with ancient Georgian script was discovered earlier this month by Israeli archaeologists. Only the third such find in Jerusalem, the site has researchers very excited. The crypt, which was discovered when construction crews began work on a house, contains the graves of 30 monks and is part of a monastery complex which includes a tile-floored chapel and several cisterns. Researchers from the University of Tblisi in Georgia will be on hand to help with the inscription, which reads, "Bishop Ioane of Georgia."