By Tim Collins for Mailonline - November 24, 2017

Originally appeared here in The Daily Mail

An immaculately preserved mosaic created by Christians living in Israel 1,500 years ago has been uncovered by archaeologists.

The tessellated tile work features a four line inscription in Greek, commemorating the builder of the monastery in which it was found.

It also includes the date of its construction according to the Georgian calendar, the first evidence of its use in Israel, which corresponds with 539 AD.

The find was made in the coastal city of Ashdod by a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University and Leipzig University.

The ancient city of Ashdod-Yam was in the southern part of the modern city and was one of the most important areas of Israel in the Byzantine period. Read More