Byzantine impressive

Aerial of the complex. Photo credit: A 'Griffin aerial photograph, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority Israel Antiquities Authority unveiled in recent weeks in Ramat Beit Shemesh large and impressive complex from the Byzantine period, with an olive Gat and mosaics. The excavations hydrogen Ministry of Housing, and they became part of the expansion of Beit Shemesh. Archaeological survey conducted in the hills south of legs to the sun, exposing brought impressive results. During the survey looked at the surface wells clogged, open the cave, and a few tops of walls. These clues, hidden world below ground, brought the existence of extensive archaeological excavation site, which revealed a rich life from the Byzantine period until now were unknown. The complex is surrounded by an outer wall and the interior is divided into two areas: Industrial area and residential activity area. Industrial area exposed to the canvas for the production of olive oil, a rare and impressive in size to its preservation. Outside the compound built great winepress was exposed, consisting of both surfaces grapes, grape juice flow out to a large collection pit. The findings indicate that local residents were a living producing wine and oil production. Wholly compound were also exposed two large baking ovens. The impressive size of the facilities shows that those manufactured and produced products and products for industrial scale, and not only for domestic use. In the residential compound discovered some rooms, some of which were preserved colorful mosaic floors. The wide rooms were at least two stories high, built of ashlar stones are adequate, Kotlihm were certain fine plaster, and the floors were paved with colored mosaics: one particularly beautiful, decorated with grape cluster around a bouquet of flowers inside a geometrical. Irene Zilberbod management and glory Liebman IAA excavation hairs that compound was used as a monastery during the Byzantine period. "Although we have not found a church, address, or any evidence of ritual significant other, but the building impressive, date to the Byzantine period, the mosaic floors luxurious, the findings of windows and roof tiles manufacturing facilities farming in the residential complex, known to us from monasteries many others of the period. If so, then the Presumably, this monastery monks lived and made their living held agricultural facilities ". At one point, which can be dated to the beginning of the Islamic period (seventh century AD) left the monastery of use, and later he occupied new residents. These, conducted his plan changes, and applied it to their. Dr. Yuval Baruch, the Jerusalem District Archaeologist of the IAA, said that after the exposure of the compound and the recognition of the importance began Antiquities Authority and the Ministry of Housing to take the measures necessary for the preservation of the site and its development as an archaeological site open in the heart of the new neighborhood to be built instead. Findings impressive ones, were, as stated, the first time during an archaeological survey. on this occasion launching IAA the "site archaeological Survey of Israel" - a database Internet giant with 15,000 sites, accessible for the first time - for free and with the click of a button, professional information widely archaeological sites regions intact, and around the house. survey maps appear archaeologist discovering site or traveler What evidence uncovered ancient worlds that inhabit under his feet. The database is updated frequently, additional survey maps