Archaeologists find 'earliest church' in Holy Land

Excavation on the grounds of Megiddo Prison
Israeli archaeologists excavating the grounds of Megiddo Prison have discovered what they believe are the remnants of the earliest church ever discovered in the Holy Land. Yotam Tepper, the dig’s chief archaeologist, said at a news briefing November 6 that the find “is certainly the earliest church in Israel that we know of.”

The discovery was sparked by prisoner Ramil Razilo, who was removing rubble when his shovel uncovered the edge of a large mosaic floor.

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced November 3 that excavations at the high-security prison had unearthed “a rare Christian religious structure” from the third to fourth centuries. An inscription on the floor stated that a table there had been dedicated to “the God Jesus Christ.”


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