Sunday, January 24, 2021
Home World Greek Inscription Uncovered in 1,500-year-old Mosaic Floor in Jerusalem

Greek Inscription Uncovered in 1,500-year-old Mosaic Floor in Jerusalem

Archaeologists think it will help them understand Justinian's building projects in the city

  • A 1,500-year-old mosaic floor with a Greek inscription has been uncovered in Jerusalem’s old city
  • The inscription cites sixth-century Roman Emperor Justinian as well as Constantine
  • Justinian was one of the most important rulers of Byzantine era

Jerusalem, August 24, 2017: A 1,500-year-old mosaic floor with a Greek inscription has been uncovered during works to install communications cables in Jerusalem’s Old City — a rare discovery of an ancient relic and a historic document in one.

The inscription cites sixth-century Roman Emperor Justinian as well as Constantine, who served as abbot of a church founded by Justinian in Jerusalem. Archaeologists think it will help them understand Justinian’s building projects in the city.

The full inscription reads: “The most pious Roman emperor Flavius Justinian and the most God-loving priest and abbot, Constantine, erected the building in which [this mosaic] sat during the 14th indiction.”

Indiction is an ancient method of counting years that was used for taxation purposes. Archaeologists said the inscription suggests the mosaic dated to A.D. 550-551.

Justinian was one of the most important rulers of the Byzantine era. In A.D. 543, he established the Nea Church in Jerusalem, one of the biggest Christian churches in the eastern Roman Empire and the largest in Jerusalem at the time.

“The fact that the inscription survived is an archaeological miracle,” David Gellman, director of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a statement.

Also read: Israeli Archaeologists Discover 2,000-year-old Stone Factory in Galilee

He added that every archaeologist dreams of finding an inscription in excavations, “especially one so well-preserved and almost entirely intact.”

Researchers think the building of which the mosaic was once part, located beside the Old City’s Damascus Gate, was used as a hostel for pilgrims.

The mosaic, which was unveiled to the media Wednesday, was discovered this summer. Conservation experts have removed the mosaic and are treating it in a specialist workshop. (VOA)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Bilingual Homes Makes The Child More Attentive

 If your child grew up speaking two different languages, it can shift your attention between different tasks quicker than those who pick up a...

Yerwada Jail Is Now Unlocked For Tourists

Marking a new chapter for tourists, the Maharashtra government will throw open important prisons in the state for 'jail tourism', starting this Republic Day...

Mountain Kilimanjaro Is Scaled By A Telangana IPS Officer

The Indian Police Service IPS official reached the top of Mountain Kilimanjaro, 5,895 meters above sea level, on January 21 at 08.15 a.m. (local...

Amit Shah Claims North East Has The Potential To Become A Tourist Hub

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving no stone unturned in...

Swara Bhasker Says That The Idea Is To Try Things One Hasn’t Done Before

Actress Swara Bhasker has donned multiple looks in her new web series, Aapkey Kamrey Mein Koi Rehta Hai, and she says trying different things...

How Financial Institutions Assess Your Financial Health And What You Can Do To Improve It

Everyone works hard to make the right financial decisions in their lives. Doing so involves adopting practices like saving money and making secure investments....

7 Great Teachings Of Guru Acharya Chanakya

BY SHWETA PORWAL Chanakya, traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnugupta was born in the 3rd century BC (350-275 BC) in Patliputra. Chanakya was born to...

CT Helps Catch Liver Disease

Researchers have identified that multiple CT findings can identify patients with high-risk non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) -- advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, that is...

Recent Comments