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Byzantine church and mosaic uncovered in Hirbet Madras

A large and beautiful mosaic floor and a church were uncovered inexcavations carried out by the Israel Antiquities Authority at Hirbet Madras inthe Judean coastal plain. Various scholars who visited the site during theexcavation proposed identifying the place as the residence and tomb of theprophet Zechariah.
In recent months an archaeological excavation was conducted at Hirbet Madrasin the wake of an antiquities theft during which robbers attempted to breachand plunder an ancient underground complex.
Hirbet Madras is known as the site of a large, important Jewish communityfrom the Second Temple period until its destruction during the Bar KokhbaRevolt in 135 CE.
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