A worker for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) stands on the mosaic floor of a monastery unearthed

Christian Monastery With Prayer Room, Intricate Cross Mosaics Discovered in Southern Israel

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday that it has uncovered a "spectacular" 1,500-year-old Byzantine monastery, complete with a prayer hall and intact floor mosaics, in southern Israel. The monastery, suspected of being used for Christian worship in the 6th century, was discovered as part of a salvage excavation before construction of a new highway in the Negev Desert.