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1,500-Year-Old Mosaic Found on Church Floor in Israel Depicts ‘Rare’ Scene From Neighboring Ancient Christian Community


"A sort of ancient map."

Israel Antiquities Authority workers carry out detailed conservation work on the ancient church mosaic. (Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority/Nikki Davidov)

Israeli archaeologists have painstakingly conserved a 1,500-year-old mosaic found on an ancient church floor that depicts unique scenes from a once vibrant Christian community in Egypt.

What distinguishes the Byzantine era mosaic from other finds in Israel is that this one portrays a church and a detailed map including streets and buildings believed to be located in Chortaso, an ancient Egyptian city on the Nile Delta associated with the biblical prophet Habakkuk.

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