Sixth century Byzantine monastery excavated in Negev

An archaeologist cleans a Byzantine mosaic floor that decorated a monastery during infrastructure work in the Bedouin village of Hura in the Northern part of the Negev desert, Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Byzantine monastery discovered in the northern Negev was revealed to the public on Tuesday.

The monastery, excavated near the entrance to the Bedouin village of Hura by the Israel Antiquities Authority, was uncovered during the construction of a new interchange on the road to the village, which was established in 1989 as part of Israeli efforts to settle the semi-nomadic Bedouin.

The monastery, dated to the sixth century, has mosaic floors decorated with geometric patterns.

Along with the floors, various objects were excavated at the site: pots, bowls and other pottery; glass objects, and coins.

Though the press was invited to photograph the site, it was not yet opened to the public, for safety reasons…