Archaeologists have found on the coast of Israel, the Georgian Church of the VI century

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Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a Georgian Church or a monastery during the excavations on the Mediterranean coast of Israel and believe that the discovery of the order of a thousand years, said the antiquities Department of the country.

Unearthing major city of Ashdod-Yam, which reached its peak in the Byzantine era, the scientists stumbled upon the mosaic floor with the inscription is a dedication. She performed in the Greek language, but using the old Georgian system of chronology, which allowed the researchers not only to date the building, but also to determine who it belonged to.

Archaeologists have found on the coast of Israel, the Georgian Church of the VI century

Mentioned in the inscriptions «third indicia (edict of the Emperor – ed.), the year 292nd» Dr. Leah Di Segni from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have deciphered as 539 BC.

«This is the earliest known cases of the use of the Georgian calendar in Eretz Yisrael (the historical Land of Israel – ed.)», — said Di Segni.

Scientists say that they are well-known Georgian buildings of the same period, located ten kilometers to the East in and around Jerusalem, but on the Mediterranean coast of Israel, these finds have not yet been.

«According to historical sources, in the Ashdod-Yam last years of his life the famous Georgian Prince and Bishop Peter weaver. Now, we seem to have found real evidence of the impact that he had on this Byzantine city,» writes the Israel antiquities authority.

Iver, who lived in the fifth century, founded the first Georgian monastery in Bethlehem. Archaeologists also believe it is symbolic that the remains of a Church or monastery found near the city of Ashdod, where, according to them, today lives the world’s largest community of Jewish immigrants from present-day Georgia, said in a press release from the office.

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