An ancient Greek symbol for Christ was reportedly discovered at the ruins of a Byzantine church in Gaza dating back from around 1,500 years ago, the Palestinian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry revealed Monday.
"Our first thought is that the site is a cathedral or a church from the Byzantine period," said Jamal Abu Rida, the general director of the antiquities ministry, according to Reuters.
"During that era, there was a great interest among the Byzantine rulers to build churches in the Gaza Strip." more >>
A shard of pottery discovered in modern-day London, England, provides an interesting view into early Christian settlements in Europe, archaeologists say.
The pottery, which was discovered in 1970 near Brentford High Street in London, was recently flagged as showing a depiction of the chi rho, a Christian symbol showing the first two Greek letters of "Khristos," or "Christ."
The important religous writing on the artifact had been previously overlooked by archaeologists. more >>
A private Christian college in Arkansas has received a $1 million anonymous gift to go toward its archaeological project at the ancient city of Abila, Jordan.
John Brown University's Abila Archaeological Project has been sending students and staff to the site since 2006 to participate in the excavation of the area, which includes five churches from the Byzantine period, a Christian monastery, and tombs, among other archaeological treasures.
According to a press release on the John Brown University website, the anonymous donation will help fund the university's Abila Archaeological Project, as well as the school's Jordan Summer Studies Program, its Holy Lands Study Trip program and the Abila Lecture in Biblical Archaeology. more >>
Archaeologists and environmental protection groups are rejoicing after an ancient temple located on Mount Latmos in Turkey received official protection from city officials.
As the Hurriyet Daily News reports, the the city of Aydın's Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board, along with its archaeology museum, have agreed to officially list the holy temple of Dikilitaş, located on Mount Latmos, as a locally protected site.
Bahattin Sürücü, head of the Association of Nature Lovers and the Protection of Ecosystems, told Hurriyet Daily News that the protection designation is important, especially after the temple was vandalized in recent weeks by a fire. more >>
A bear bone discovered in Ireland has changed the way archaeologists view human history in the region, experts say.
Radiocarbon dating performed on a bear's knee bone discovered in 1903 at the Alice and Gwendoline Cave in County Clare, on the country's western coast, has found that humans were present in the region 2,500 years before previously thought.
Cuts and marks on the bone indicate the bear had been inexpertly butchered by humans, archaeologists say. more >>
A 1,100-year-old cross necklace recently discovered in Denmark could "change history," an archaeologist says.
The small crucifix pendant was discovered earlier this month by amateur archaeologist Dennis Fabricius Holm in the town of Anslev, Østfyn.
Holm wrote on his Facebook page that he had got off of work early one day and decided to go exploring in Anslev with his metal detector when he stumbled upon the small figure, which is tiny enough to fit in the palm of his hand. more >>