Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The Israel Antiquities Authority recently announced the discovery of an ancient farmhouse located ten miles inland from Tel Aviv that is estimated to be around 2,700 years old. It measures about 100 by 180 feet and contains a cluster of 24 rooms connected to a central courtyard, which once held a storage compartment for protecting grain. Other artifacts found nearby include a number of millstones used for grinding flour, oil presses carved from rock, and a pair of silver coins stamped with images of the goddess Athena.
Also found nearby was a monastery that is approximately 1,500 years old. The building once held stables, living quarters, an oil press, and a church with mosaic floors. One pattern has an inscription welcoming people in the name of "Theodosius the priest", while another bids visitors, "peace be with you as you come, peace be with you as you go."