Early Christian Mosaic Floor Unearthed in Nazareth

West Hartford, CT, June 23, 2015

An early Christian mosaic floor has been unearthed at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth by a team of archaeologists from the University of Hartford, Duquesne University, the University of Wisconsin, and Haifa University. Tradition holds that the Angel Gabriel announced the birth of Jesus to Mary at the site where the church was built and rebuilt over time. The ancient floor, thought to date to the fourth century, was discovered with ground-penetrating radar and electrical resistivity studies. “The mosaic floor is beautifully decorated with multiple stylized crosses and iconography,” Richard Freund of the University of Hartford said in a press release. The floor and the original church may have been constructed as a Christian pilgrim site when Christianity became the state religion of Rome. To read about the excavation of an early Christian community in Kuwait, go to "Archaeology Island."

gabriela carox6/25/2015 12:42 am
Bellisima obra de mozaiqueria.Es importante que existan espacios de informacion sobre estas antiguas formas del arte sacro,para que todos podamos apreciar legados culturales-espirituales como este . Agradecidda por esta posibilidad y esperanzada en poder recibir si fuera esta vuestra voluntad estos tesoros que regocijan el espiritu.G.
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