1,500-Year-Old Church Uncovered In The Judean Hills, Israel

On Wednesday, Israeli archaeologists presented a newly uncovered 1,500-year-old church in the Judean hills. The Byzantine church located southwest of Jerusalem, excavated over the last two months, will be visible only for another week before archaeologists cover it again with soil for its own protection.

The archaeologists have been digging since December and have uncovered a well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, fishes, foxes, and peacocks.

Israel boasts an exceptionally high concentration of archaeological sites, including Crusader, Islamic, Byzantine, Roman, ancient Jewish and prehistoric ruins.