Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Byzantine era church excavated in Israel

Last week the Medieval Religion discussion group had a post from Genevra Kornbluth about the discovery in the Lachish district of southern Israel of the remains of a sixth century church. The site was excavated as a result of the remains of the church being discovered during construction work.
The church had been an aisled basilica with marble pillars. Judging by the quality of the remains of the mosaic floor this was once a very fine building, and indicates something of the nature of the setting for worship in the Palestine of the era of Justinian. 


The mosaic floor of the church
A larger resolution photograph can be seen here.

There is a newspaper report about the site which can be read here, and which has a link to the more detailed press release by the archaeologist in charge of the excavation. This states that the site is to be preserved by reburying it, and that the mosaic will be removed for conservation and display.

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