Κυριακή, 10 Ιανουαρίου 2021

A Tombstone Inscribed in Ancient Greek Is Found in Southern Israel


The Byzantine-era stone reads ‘blessed Maria, who lived an immaculate life’

gravestoneThe stone reads "blessed Maria, who lived an immaculate life." (courtesy of Emil Aladjem, Israel Antiquities Authority)
Workers cleaning Israel’s Nitzana National Park as part of a conservation jobs program for the unemployed recently discovered a tombstone inscribed in ancient Greek dating to the late sixth or early seventh century. Almog Ben Zikri reports for Haaretz that the stone’s inscription reads “Blessed Maria, who lived an immaculate life.”

Researchers consider Nitzana, a site in the Negev desert close to the Egyptian border, important for the study of the transition from the Byzantine to Early Islamic periods.

A Tombstone Inscribed in Ancient Greek Is Found in Southern Israel