Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vandalism at Khirbet Midras

On February 5 I posted a blog about a new archaeological discovery in Israel. A church was found that could mark the burial site of the prophet Zechariah. Last week the group I was with was able to visit the site, and it was amazing. This picture to the left is one I took while I was there. You can see some of the mosaics on the church floor that were uncovered during the excavation.

This morning an article appeared in an Israeli newspaper reporting that vandals destroyed the floor's mosaic. This is an absolute tragedy. The archaeologists had planned to cover the site until preparations could be made to guard and protect it. Sadly, they didn't get it covered in time.

Our group might have some of the last pictures taken at the site before it's destruction.

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