The tessellated tile work features a four line inscription in Greek, commemorating the builder of the monastery in which it was found. It also includes the date of its construction according to the Georgian calendar, the first evidence of its use in Israel, which corresponds with 539 AD.
|An immaculately preserved mosaic created by Christians living in Israel 1,500 years ago has been uncovered by archaeologists.
|The find was made in the coastal city of Ashdod.|
Ashdod was one of the most important cities on the coast of Israel in the Byzantine period.