Agence France-Presse reports that a team of Israeli archeologists have uncovered a Byzantine-era church in Hirbat Midras last week. The site was in a Jewish community dating back to Roman times, and the church was built over the tomb believed to be that of the prophet Zechariah. After looters were arrested with a lintel pillaged from the site, the Israel Antiquities Authority moved in, discovering a beautifully preserved mosaic floor on a lower level. Caves under the floor of the church are believed to be the location of the prophet's tomb: the church collapsed in an earthquake 1,300 years ago and has remained buried since then. More information, an official press release, and a few pictures can be seen here.
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