The remains of a superb Byzantine Church are being excavated by a team of arachnologists near Amman.
GV Archaeologists excavate site of Byzantine Church
SV Man with trowel being cleaned
GV Mosaic floor being cleaned
CU Mosaic with Greek inscriptions (2 shots)
CU Head of animal in mosaic
CU Man with animal in mosaic (4 shots)
CU Woman in mosaic
CU Reindeer ditto
CU Birds ditto
CU Lion ditto
CU Woman TILT DOWN TO Feet ditto.
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Background: The remains of a superb Byzantine Church are being excavated by a team of arachnologists near Amman. The Church dates from the fifth of sixth century. It is hoped that the excavations will reveal and define the entire structure.
For the past five weeks a team of archaeologists from the Jordanian Department of Antiquities and the American School of Oriental Research have been excavating the site of the important find.
Under the direction of Professor Bastian Van Elderen, the team has unearthed a magnificently designed mosaic floor which bears a Greek inscription. The inscription reads: "In the time of the Holy Thomas, Bishop of the Holly Church with zeal and labours....."
The mosaic, which measures 30 feet by 14 feet (9 Meter by 4 Meters) is in excellent condition and of a high standard of craftsmanship. The designs are carefully executed with a wide variety of colours.
The use of many designs in the mosaic is an integral part of the Church and raises question as to the motifs of early Christian art.
The ruins were "found" when the owner of the house adjacent to the site found a piece of the mosaic when laying out a new garden.