Sunday, March 04, 2012

Khirbet Midras update

MORE ON KIRBET MIDRAS, the supposed site of the tomb of a prophet Zechariah:
More on Discoveries at Horbat Midras in Israel

A team of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have published a report on results of excavation works conducted in 2010-2011 on the slopes of the Judaean hills at Horbat Midras, including a groundbreaking discovery of a Byzantine-era church.


About a year ago the archaeologists announced that they unearthed a church which they believe is a memorial designed to mark the tomb of the prophet Zechariah.

Now the team describes their remarkable finds in a report, published in the journal Hadashot Arkheologiyot.

The Hebrew article is here. Both articles have some very nice photos of the mosaics, some of which were valdalized last year. For background, follow that link back. It leads eventually to here, where I register some skepticism about the supposed tomb of Zechariah.